Father seeks answers in US student death in Spain

JULIE WATSON - Associated Press
March 9, 2011

The father of a San Diego State University student whose body was pulled from a river in Spain says he has not ruled out foul play in his son's death.

Larry Bice said Wednesday in Carlsbad, Calif., that he hopes Spanish authorities will provide answers soon.

Bice says he spent nearly a week searching for his 22-year-old son, Austin, near the Madrid nightclub where he was last seen. He says the river was across the street and was walled, and that friends told him his son was not drunk.

Bice says his son was a good swimmer and that there were ladders along the walls of the river.

Spanish police conducted an autopsy on the 22-year-old exchange student. They said there were no immediate signs of foul play.

Bice says he hasn't yet received results of the autopsy.