Category: Society / November 12, 2012 10:11 AM EST
The parents of Austin Tice, a U.S. journalist believed to be in captivity in Syria, made an appeal for the release of their son on Monday
Thirty-one-year-old Tice, a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, disappeared in Syria in August. In October the U.S. State Department said it believed Tice was alive and being held by the Syrian government.
Marc and Debra Tice have traveled to Beirut to work on securing the return of their son.
"We are the parents of Austin Tice a journalist who was last working in Syria and with whom we've had no contact since August 13. We are here today to appeal for information about Austin. Is he well? How can we contact him? And how can we return him to our family? If anyone who hears this has any information about Austin and especially what we can do to bring him home, please contact us," Tice's father Marc Tice said at a news conference in the Lebanese capital.
"We ask whomever is holding Austin to please treat him well, keep him safe, and return him to us as soon as you can," added Marc Tice.