Family of Austin Tice, last known US hostage in Syria, fights to keep hope alive

February 18, 2015 8:57 PM

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Family of Austin Tice, last known US hostage in Syria, fights to keep hope alive

Debra Tice sat alone on a dock overlooking the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, where she was vacationing, to take her husband's phone call: No one had heard from her 31-year-old son, a prolific writer and photojournalist who emailed his parents daily from the cities and villages of war-torn Syria.

Five weeks later, on Sept. 26, 2012, a video posted to YouTube confirmed Austin Tice, a Georgetown University law student from Houston, had been taken captive by terrorists while freelance reporting on Syria’s bloody civil war.

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