In a statement issued through a family spokesman Thursday, AustinTice's parents said they plan to travel from Houston to Beirut soon "to reach more deeply into the region on behalf of our son."
Marc and Debra Tice say they're uncertain who is holding their son. They asked all sides of the Syrian insurrection to "keep Austinin their minds" as peace talks approach. They also ask that the Syrian government "search vigorously for Austin in order to secure his safe return."
The 31-year-old ex-Marine was one of a few journalists reporting from Damascus when he vanished last August.