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Parents Of Missing Houston Journalist Launch Billboard Campaign

Billboards have gone up around greater Houston calling attention to Austin Tice. He’s a freelance journalist who’s been held captive in Syria for the past three years.

Billboard near Humble Texas highlights missing journalist Austin Tice.
Private donations paid for billboards to call attention to the case of missing journalist Austin Tice.
The electronic billboards feature a picture of Austin Tice, with the words “1,000 days in captivity for being a journalist.”

The Houston native disappeared while covering the conflict in Syria, and his parents hope to keep the pressure on the White House to make his return a priority.

Tice’s father Marc Tice says they have credible evidence their son is alive but they still don’t know who’s holding him captive. We spoke to him near one of the billboards on U.S. 59 near FM 1960.

“Unfortunately we’ve had no contact with him. We can’t be certain without knowing who has him, of much else,” says Tice. “Especially the important thing, which is what do we need to do to bring him home.”

And to do that, mother Debra Tice says there needs to be strong diplomatic efforts.

“So we call on the United States government and the Syrian government to do all they can, to use all their resources, to find Austin and return him safely home,” she says.

Private donations are paying for four billboards that are going up around greater Houston. The Tices are also circulating an online petition addressed to President Obama.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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