(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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