Austin Bennett Tice

Kidnapped/AbductedCold Case
Austin Bennett Tice
Austin Bennett Tice
Austin Bennett Tice
Austin Bennett Tice
Austin Bennett Tice

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Austin Bennett Tice

Missing from
Darayya , - Syria
Case Entered
  August 13, 2021
   Cold Case
Current Classification
Source of Record
  Local Law Enforcement
Last Updated
   December 14, 2023
Verification Status

Physical Description

Age When Reported Missing
Age As of Today
Hair Color
Eye Color
  Last Seen Wearing
Not Indicated
  Distinct Features
  • Scar below his left nipple
  • Metal plate in his jaw 

  • Eagle on the left side of his back
  • Tribal band on his left arm from his shoulder to his mid-bicep
  • Barbed wire band on his right arm.
  Medical Alert
None Indicated

Details of Disappearance

Austin Bennett Tice was last seen by family or friends on August 13, 2012.

According to open source information, Austin Bennett Tice was kidnapped in the Damascus, Syria area on 08/13/2012. Tice was a freelance journalist and photographer for a variety of news organizations including CBS, The Washington Post, and The McClatchy Company.

Tice was kidnapped while reporting in Darayya, a Damascus suburb. (Please review the family website for the most complete information concerning Tice.

If you have any information concerning Austin Tice, please contact the FBI Tip Line at or You can also contact your local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

***The United States Government is offering a reward of up to $1 million for information leading directly to the safe location,
recovery, and return of Austin Bennett Tice.***

Latest news reports
April 27th, 2021 -Biden Administration Hopes to Learn Fate of U.S. Hostage in Syria

Who to contact!
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Austin Bennett Tice, you are encouraged to contact the SEE FBI at CONTACT FBI, ask for SEE FBI. Be sure to have the case number NO CASE NUMBER available as you will need it.

FBI Information

FBI Field Office Division
Washington Field Office (WFO)
(202) 278-2000

Military Details

Military Branch

Be Advised

If you see Austin Bennett Tice anywhere, please do not make contact. Call your local emergency number like (911) or the phone number indicated for law enforcement on this record and they will instruct you on what to do. You can also let them know Austin Bennett Tice's name and that they are profiled on this site. This way they can visit the profile and get information faster for follow up. You can always leave us a tip on what you saw by clicking the "Tip" link in the menu at the top of this page.

NOTICE: If the information contained in this missing persons profile is inaccurate, needs to be updated, or the person has been located, please let our staff know as soon as possible. Thank you.


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