BEIRUT — The parents of an American journalist who has been missing for three months in Syria made a heartfelt appeal for information about his whereabouts Monday and called on any group that may be holding him to release him unharmed.
Marc and Debra Tice said at a news conference here in the Lebanese capital that they have received little news about their son Austin, 31, since he disappeared near the Damascus suburb of Darayya on Aug. 13.
“We really have no idea who is holding our son, and that is our main purpose, to try to make contact with our son,” said Debra Tice, who had traveled to Beirut from the family’s home in Houston. “To try to make contact and bring him home.”
Tice, a former U.S. Marine, had been working as a freelance journalist and contributing articles to The Washington Post, McClatchy Newspapers and other news outlets after crossing the border from Turkey into Syria in May.