Kidnapped U.S. Journalist Austin Tice Still Missing in Syria After Six Years
It’s been six years to the day since American journalist Austin Tice was kidnapped in Syria. Tice went missing on Aug. 14, 2012, while he was traveling by taxi from the Damascus suburb of Daraya to the Lebanese border after wrapping up his reporting in Syria. His parents and U.S. officials still believe he’s alive—but appeals for information have repeatedly turned up no results. Tice’s parents say, six years into their son’s disappearance, they’re struggling to get media coverage. “Many journalists stay in touch with us, but without a new development, their organizations seem more and more reluctant to devote space to the fact that one of their own continues to be held against his will,” Austin’s father, Marc, told the Columbia Journalism Review. In April, the FBI offered a $1 million award for information leading to Austin’s safe recovery and return.