Austin Tice disappeared on Aug. 14, 2012, while reporting on Syria for The Washington Post and McClatchy, among other outlets.
“We came together for Austin’s birthday on Monday still not knowing where he is or who is holding him,” his parents, Debra Tice and Marc Tice, write.
Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron told Poynter, “Each month that passes without news of Austin deepens our concern for his well-being. His family has endured unimaginable pain as a result of his captivity. They have our support in their determined efforts to gain his release.”
So for every funny story and happy memory, there were the myriad questions that have haunted us for the last 17,520 hours. What is Austin’s life like today? Is he safe? Is he eating enough? Is he alone? Can he see the sky? How does he pass the time? Does he know how many people are praying and working for his safe return? When will we once again be able to share not just the momentous occasions or once-in-a-lifetime events he has missed, but also the small daily moments – the everyday joys, challenges, blunders and blessings – that family is all about?
Reached by email, McClatchy Washington bureau chief James Asher said, “Of course, we’re all saddened that Austin is still captive and everyday hope that those holding him will release him. Austin is a fine man and a very capable journalist. I look forward to the day when he’s home surrounded by those who love him.”
Tice’s family plans a prayer vigil in Houston next Tuesday. Here’s a McClatchy-produced documentary about Tice.