Officials say captive journalist Austin Tice is still alive

SAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Six years after Austin Tice, a freelance journalist and former marine, was kidnapped in Syria, the Trump administration publicly says Tice is alive.

It’s an extraordinary high profile move by the White House to openly talk about a hostage who hasn’t been seen since the video his captors emerged five weeks after his disappearance in 2012.

Tice went to Syria to photograph and report what was happening to ordinary Syrians as the conflict heated up. Journalists were in increasing danger.

In August 2012, he was south of Damascus planning to drive to Lebanon when he vanished before reaching the border.

CNN has previously reported Tice is believed to be in the custody of the Syrian regime.

His parents, Deborah and Marc, say after several trips, they will try to travel yet again to Syria.

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