Tuesday marks six years since American journalist Austin Tice was abducted in Syria, and his parents are holding on to the hope that their son is still alive.
Debra and Marc Tice, Austin’s parents, have reason to “definitively believe that he is alive,” as they have been told by U.S. officials.
“In many ways, the time has gone so quickly,” Debra told NBC’s “Today” show. “But we know that for Austin, it must be grinding on.”
On August 14, 2012, the freelance journalist and former Marine was one of the first Western journalists captured during the Syrian Civil War, according to the Newseum.
A YouTube video was posted in 2012 showing that Austin was still alive:
Marc said he and his wife stay hopeful knowing that their son is alive and are “sure he wants to come home.” They believe the Trump administration is eager to continue the commitment of bringing people home.
“We know that our president is really committed,” Debra said. “That Americans will not be held against their will.”
— Charles Lister (@Charles_Lister) August 9, 2018
In April, the FBI offered a $1 million reward for information into Austin’s safe location, recovery, and return, ABC News reported.
Happy 37th Birthday to U.S. journalist Austin Tice. He's been missing in Syria for 6 years now, and it's too long. It's time to bring him home. @FreeAustinTice
— Liz Sly (@LizSly) August 11, 2018
His parents push to generate information and awareness for their son with the hope of bringing him home.