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Body of missing San Diego State student found near Madrid nightclub [Updated]

March 8, 2011 |  6:01 am

A poster on a Madrid street shows Austin Taylor Bice. The body of a missing San Diego State student was found in a river in Madrid, Spanish police said.

Austin Taylor Bice, 22, an international business major at San Diego State, began a semester in Madrid on Jan. 15. He had gone out with friends the night he disappeared, according to accounts in the Spanish press.

Bice grew up in Northern California and Carlsbad. His father arrived in Spain last week to aid in the search.

"This has devastated my family more than I can express," Bice's mother, Pamela Bice, told the Sacramento Bee.

About 200 people attended a candlelight vigil for Bice last night at San Diego State before his body was found near the club. Police were quoted in the Spanish press as saying an autopsy was planned but that there were no obvious signs of foul play.

[Updated at 9 a.m.: SDSU President Stephen Weber issued a statement Tuesday morning about the discovery of Bice's body:

 "The San Diego State campus is saddened by this tragic news which confirms our worst fears. Our thoughts this morning are with Austin's family and friends, who have our deepest sympathies."]

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Poster on a Madrid street. Credit: Associated Press