Last seen in Syria, Aug. 13, 2012
Austin Tice, an all-American freelance journalist from Houston, had been reporting in Daraya, near Damascus, when he went missing in early August. The 31-year-old Georgetown law student and former Marine regularly checked in with his parents, Marc and Debra. When they didn't hear from him for a week, they got worried, fearing the worst. The Washington Post and McClatchy News Service, for whom Tice had been writing, quickly posted stories about his disappearance. Nothing. Then, on Oct. 1, a video surfaced that appeared to show Tice draped in a mask—the identity of the man was never confirmed. Losing patience, Tice’s parents traveled from Houston to Beirut in November to see if they could find a way to their son. The Syrian government is still denying any knowledge of Tice’s whereabouts. “We miss Austin’s knowing smile,” his mom pleaded.