March 5, 2011 - Posted by Erin in Madrid, Spain

I’m at a loss for words, so I will keep this short. Austin Bice, an American study abroad student in Madrid, has been missing for the last week. He’s 22-years-old, 6’5″ and 230 lbs. Whether in Spain, or Europe, please do what you can to spread the word so that he may be found. Meanwhile, if you are in Madrid and have a free moment to help with the search, please do. Today they conducted a search for him and, as far as I understand, these searches will be ongoing until he is found. For the moment, there only appear to be Facebook event pages (here’s the one from today) set up for the searches, so if more details become available, I will update this post.

Unbeknown to me, I’m connected to him via a couple of friends from back home – they’ve described him as a “good kid” and “just an all around great guy, excellent basketball player, super smart.”

Below are links to a few articles with more details about his disappearance. Please send good thoughts for a happy ending.

SDSU Student Studying Abroad Missing for a Week
Huge search mobilizing for missing SDSU student
Familiares y amigos de Austin Bice buscan al joven en la Casa de Campo

Update: Very sadly, this story did not have a happy ending. My thoughts have been with the family and friends everyday, throughout the day. That said, I can’t really bring myself to write a jolly, light-hearted blog about Spain right now, which would just seem so trivial in light of this news. So, until next week…

7 comments

7 Responses to “American student missing in Madrid”

  1. Sabrina Says:

    I just read on the news that the found him dead in a river in Madrid: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/europe/03/08/spain.missing.student/index.html?iref=allsearch. This is so sad!!

  2. Erin Says:

    It’s so, so incredibly sad. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

  3. Anju Says:

    This is so sad, i feel for his family.

  4. Marta Says:

    It’s so strange! I’ve seen this website and then that he is death! Poor boy!

  5. Marta Says:

    And he has died in a place he loved!

  6. Heather GG Says:

    I’m really sad about this. I first heard about it from your Facebook page and followed the story with hope. Condolences to his family and friends.

  7. Chris D Says:

    Right now sadness but later the questions will follow.
    My first thoughts were -why didn’t his friends room mates go with him when he was supposedly turned away from the club?

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