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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Comments (17)
  1. CINDY says:

    my heart goes out to Austin’s family…. may god see you through this tough time!!! and to the idiot that post it the first comment have a heart this poor boy died and you are thinking about illegal’s? wow you must have nothing better to do..

    1. so what!! says:

      Try writing in English please! I do not understand.

      1. Karen says:

        So what – I suggest YOU go back to school if you could not understand. Cindy’s comment is heartfelt and true.

        My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I am so sorry for the tragic loss of their son. I hope that God gives them the strength to carry on.

  2. Emmie says:

    They Probably Kidnapped Bice & the people that took him were thinking about using him for ransom and when they found out how big the case was, they killed him and threw him in the river. To be 500yrds from the club and no one saw him floating is such bull. RIP Bice

    1. Tiffini says:

      Typically there aren’t many kidnap for ransom in that part of Spain – robbery perhaps- ransom- highly doubtful

      So sad for this child and his parents – study abroad is such a great experience for so many students- to have this happen is heartbreaking for all

  3. Karen says:

    You are the rudest person on the planet with this comment. I feel sorry for YOU that you have such low self esteem that YOU make this horrific statement. Please get help. You need it.

    1. Lenny says:

      Touché Karen.

  4. david says:

    Please ignore the childish illegal immigrant basher. It is one person with no life who posts such comments after every article.

    I can’t feel anything but pity for such a person for two reasons…

    1. He has so much time on his hands that he rants nonsensically on the internet.
    2. He spends all of this free time on an irrational obsession with immigration.

    Pathetic loser.

  5. Ben says:

    The corpse was more than likely badly decomposed being in the water for more than two weeks.

    1. Lenny says:

      @ Ben
      So what is your point?

    2. Duh! says:

      There is no mention as to how long the body was estimated to be in the water. Also there is no estimate as to the time of death.

      So you seem to know a lot about what happened to this young man. Maybe the FBI should be talking to you Ben.

    3. Lenny says:

      Ben! Ben!

      You are surrounded!!! Come out with your hands up!!!!!!

  6. c-man says:

    Notice how the father praised the authorities. If this would have been a black kid, the family would be crying racism and trying to sue.

  7. Mike says:

    It is not safe for any young person to go to Mexico or Spain by themselves. This is not the 1960’s when we drove to Mexico, everyone was nice, we had a great time and no one bothered you! What are parents thinking letting their kids go to these places???? Mexico has had 34,000 people MURDERED IN THE last 3 years! A young man went down to party at a resort area and drowned in 4 feet of water IN Mexico! NO ONE SAVED HIM…. They have brought the crime here, so many places in the USA it is not safe for young people to venture either!!! WHY DOESN’T OUR WONDERFUL USA GO FIGURE OUT WITH THE GOV OF MEXICO HAD TO MAKE JOBS AND MEXICO SUPPORT THEIR PEOPLE SO THEY DON’T COME HERE WITH THEIR CRIME?

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