Senators in New Hampshire and Texas are urging the State Department to increase its efforts to find missing journalists James Foley and Austin Tice.
‘‘As the months continue with no further information regarding Mr. Tice’s or Mr. Foley’s whereabouts or welfare, we ask for your continued personal attention to these cases,” New Hampshire senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte and Texas senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz wrote in a letter Thursday.
They also asked Secretary of State John Kerry to raise awareness about U.S. citizens being held in Syria and to address it during peace talks in Geneva, the Associated Press reports.
Foley, a freelance journalist for Agence France-Presse and GlobalPost who’s from New Hampshire, has been missing in Syria since November. Tice, a McClatchy and Washington Post freelancer from Texas, has been missing in Syria since last August. Tice’s family recently returned to Beirut to, as they put it, “reach more deeply into the region on behalf of our son.”