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Parents of missing former Marine make appeal

Austin Tice was working as journalist in Syria

Nov. 12, 2012 - 07:03AM   |   Last Updated: Nov. 12, 2012 - 07:03AM  |  
Marc and Debra Tice, the parents of Austin Tice, who is missing in Syria, speak Nov. 12 during a press conference at the Press Club in Beirut, Lebanon. The couple says they still don't know who is holding him.
Marc and Debra Tice, the parents of Austin Tice, who is missing in Syria, speak Nov. 12 during a press conference at the Press Club in Beirut, Lebanon. The couple says they still don't know who is holding him. (Bilal Hussein / AP)
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Former-Marine-turned-freelance-journalist Austin Tice is seen in Cairo in this March 2012 photo. (Christy Wilcox / AFP via GettyImages)

BEIRUT — The family of an American freelance journalist who has been missing in Syria since mid-August say they still don't know who is holding him or where he is.

The parents of Austin Tice told reporters in the Lebanese capital Monday that they are in Beirut in hopes of learning their son's whereabouts and what they can do to bring him home.

The 31-year-old Tice is a former Marine who had been reporting on Syria's civil war for The Washington Post, McClatchy Newspapers and others.

Tice's parents say he entered Syria in May from Turkey. They last heard from him Aug. 12, a day before he disappeared.

The only sign of Tice since then was a video clip posted online in October. It showed him alive and being held by gunmen.

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