Exchange Student's Death Ruled an Accident

By R. Stickney
|  Tuesday, May 10, 2011  |  Updated 6:15 AM PDT
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Austin Bice's Father Walks Through Last Few Days

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A sign left at the site where Bice's body was recovered demanded justice although investigators believed it was an accidental death from the start.

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Austin Bice's Father Walks Through Last Few Days

Larry Bice with his wife Pam addressed reporters and recounted what happened in the days leading up to the discovery of his son's body in a Madrid river. Austin Bice was found March 8, 10 days after he was last seen outside a nightclub. More video: Austin Bice’s mother Pam thanks people from all over the world for their prayers Watch video.
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A Spanish court official says the final autopsy report of  U.S. exchange student and Carlsbad resident Austin Bice suggests an accidental death.

The spokesman for Madrid's Superior Justice Tribunal said Tuesday that a judge has ordered further investigations before concluding the case but that details of the probes were confidential by law.

He said the autopsy had ruled out violence as a cause of death of Bice, 22,  who was found on Mar. 8 in Madrid's Manzanares River, near a nightclub where he was last seen some 10 days earlier.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with court rules.

Family and friends of the San Diego State student plan to hold the first annual Austin Bice Memorial Volleyball & Basketball All-Star Game on Wednesday, May 18.

The event will help raise money for the Austin Bice Memorial Fund, which will provide a scholarship for a student attending San Diego State University, organizers said.

Bice was studying abroad in Madrid, Spain in April.  After a week and a half of searching, Bice's body was found in a river not far from the nightclub where he left friends to walk home.

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