Missing College Student Found Dead In Spain

MADRID (CBS/AP) —  Spanish police said Tuesday the body of a 22-year-old U.S. exchange student missing since late last month had been found in a river in Madrid. A National Police official said the cause of death was not known but there were no signs of foul play in the death of San Diego State University student Austin Bice.

KNX 1070’s Tom Reopelle Reports

Friends said Bice was last seen outside Riviera concert venue and discotheque in the early hours of Feb. 26. The family he was staying with laid a plate for him at lunch later in the day and raised the alarm when they realized he was not in his bedroom.

Friend Maria Garcia said Bice and his friends had been drinking at an apartment before going out to the club. A doorman suggested he rest a while before going in because he looked unwell. A friend stayed outside with him until Bice said he was going home.

“He had left his credit cards and passport in his room, and had not taken a winter coat, so we’re concerned because it was very cold that night,” said Garcia.

Larry Bice, the student’s father, from Carlsbad, Calif., flew to Madrid last week to help search for his son. He has praised efforts by the Spanish police to find Austin.

“They’re really behind us,” Bice’s father told “Early Show” co-anchor Chris Wragge on Monday. “We’re at the very top of their list of things to do and take care of.”

Asked about the reports that his son may have been intoxicated before disappearing, Larry Bice told “The Early Show” he hadn’t sought to interrogate Austin’s friends.

“My point is to find Austin… We’re not really concerned about that. We’re concerned about finding him.”

Posters with recent photographs of Bice have been placed around the city seeking information.

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