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Thursday
Jul122012

Flight Turned Around After Wires Found on Delta Plane to Madrid 

Delta Airlines (NEW YORK) -- Authorities fearing terror in the sky turned around a flight to Madrid shortly after it took off from New York when a federal air marshal spotted suspicious wires in a rear lavatory.

However, after a SWAT team entry, a bomb squad search and the detaining of a woman who may have become ill aboard the plane, no bomb was found.

However, officials discovered two pieces of a drinking straw about an-inch-and-a-half long with wires running through each. No explosive was present.

Authorities involved in the investigation said that while they still had not determined why the straws and wires were placed in the lavatory, it did not appear to even rise to the level of a hoax device made to look like a bomb with no explosive present.

The flight, Delta 126, returned to New York's JFK airport at 9:33 p.m., authorities said.

It was met by a Port Authority Police SWAT team that did a precision, heavy weapon entry onto the flight because the pilot had radioed the ground on his way back to say that there was a woman aboard who may have been a part of terror team.

The woman, who appeared to have become ill aboard the plane, was held for a time in an ambulance guarded by police.

Though details were still coming to light, it appeared that between the pilot's call and the fact that the wires were spotted by a member of an armed contingent of federal air marshals aboard the flight, authorities treated the incident as a potentially serious threat.

Passengers were taken off the flight in a "controlled evacuation," sources told ABC News. They were held in a terminal for questioning.

A law enforcement source told ABC News that after the suspicious items were found, "as precaution, the aircraft returned to JFK and passengers offloaded."

But when the plane was examined by law enforcement bomb technicians, the items determined to be non-explosive and non-incendiary.

The investigation continued, and passengers and crew were being interviewed by authorities -- but, officials stressed, "no one in custody, and there is no determination a crime was committed."

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Tuesday
Mar082011

Body of US College Student Missing in Spain Found

ABC News(MADRID) -- The body of Austin Bice, a U.S. exchange student who went missing late last month in Spain, was found in a river in Madrid Tuesday, according to Spanish police.

The 22-year-old's body was discovered in the Manzanares River, close to the nightclub where he was last seen on Feb. 26.  No signs of foul play were seen on the body.  The cause of Bice's death is still not known.

Bice, an international business major at San Diego State University, went to Madrid in mid-January to spend the semester studying at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

He posted on his blog that he planned to attend a concert the night he disappeared.  Friends say that Bice left them outside of the nightclub that was hosting the concert to walk to his host family's home.

Initial reports said that Bice was denied entrance into the club because he was too drunk.  Friends and family have strongly denied that claim.

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Monday
Mar072011

Search Intensifies for College Student Missing in Spain

ABC News(MADRID) -- The family of missing college student Austin Bice is vowing to stay in Spain until the student, missing for more than a week in Madrid, is found.

"We just need to keep going and have all of those people look for him so we can get him home," Pam Bice, the mother of Austin Bice, said.

Larry Bice, the father of Austin Bice, has joined friends and Spanish investigators in the search effort, dotting Madrid with thousands of pictures of the college senior.

The family is even bringing in agents from Halo, a California company that specializes in search and rescue operations that often involve kidnappings.  Authorities said, however, that there are no indications that Bice has been kidnapped.  The Halo agents are expected to arrive in Spain Monday.

The 22-year-old student's cell phone signal is still active, but his voicemail is full and there's been no activity on his credit cards.

Austin Bice's closest friends say that they are sure there is something or someone preventing the college senior from contacting his family.

"This is completely out of character for him...and he always would let someone know where he's going, especially in a foreign country," Bice's friend Connor Fabiano said.

Bice, an international business major at San Diego State University, went to Madrid in mid-January to spend the semester studying there.  He was last seen outside of a fast food restaurant on Feb. 26, a 20-minute walk from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid where he was studying.

Bice, a fluent Spanish speaker, posted on his blog that he planned to attend a concert the night he disappeared.  Friends say that Bice left them outside of the nightclub that was hosting the concert to walk to his host family's home.  Initial reports said that Bice was denied entrance into the club because he was too drunk.  Friends and family have strongly denied that claim.

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Sunday
Mar062011

San Diego Student Missing in Spain

ABC News(MADRID) -– American college student Austin Bice planned to go to a party last month on the night that he vanished. Now friends and family of the 22-year-old San Diego State University student are working frantically to figure out what may have happened to him.

Searchers are covering Madrid with the young man’s picture. Bice's father, Larry, flew from the family’s home in San Diego to lead the effort.

Austin Bice arrived in Spain back in January, as a foreign exchange student. His last blog entry, posted Feb. 25, included a flyer to a party and said, “Hopefully it will not disappoint (i assume it will not). It's in Madrid and it should be a fun night," Bice wrote.

But Austin hasn't been seen since. One theory suggests that Bice was turned away from a club and decided to walk home. Friends and family say it's unclear why he was turned away.

Investigators are also examining the city's surveillance video.

Austin's cell phone signal is still active, but his voicemail is full and he has not checked his email since the day he disappeared.

While the investigation continues, so does the worry for what it may reveal.

“We have all that great support from Madrid, but no one has seen our son,” his mother, Pamela Bice, said. “We just need to keep going and have all of those people look for him so we can get him home.”

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