08/14/2013 09:29 am ET

Austin Tice Has Been Missing In Syria For One Year

Freelance journalist Austin Tice, who is believed to be captured in Syria, has been missing for one year.

Tice went missing in August 2012. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Tice had been covering the conflict in Syria since May. Like many journalists covering the uprising, Tice entered the country without a visa. A Georgetown law student and former U.S. Marine, Tice freelanced for The Washington Post and McClatchy newspapers.

His family has actively been pursuing his release, making emotional pleas through the press to appeal to Tice's captors.

On Wednesday, Tice's family posted an update to their webpage, acknowledging that it has been one year since they last heard from the journalist.

It has been 365 days since we last heard from our precious son, beloved brother, adored uncle, and faithful friend, Austin.

None of us want to place special significance on this date because we know that every one of those days has been unimaginably challenging for Austin. The most tolerable aspect of this day is that it means we are one day closer to the return of Austin, of all other captives, and relief of the suffering of the Syrian people.

It also presents another opportunity to express our heartfelt appreciation to the many people and organizations who steadfastly work and pray for Austin's safe return. We can never repay our deep debt of gratitude to every one of you.


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