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Last photo surfaces of student found dead in Spain

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The father of a San Diego State student found dead in Spain is hoping a new photo will help provide more clues about the mysterious case.

There is new information about the death of Austin Bice after authorities found his camera. On that camera is a photo that may be the last one taken of Bice before he went missing in Spain.

It's been more than two months since Austin Bice's body was found in a shallow river in Madrid. His grieving parents still have a lot of questions surrounding the cause of his death. Now they're holding onto one of the last images of his precious life.

The student snapped the picture with a Canon Power Shot SD600 digital camera inside an elevator after leaving a Madrid party. The 22-year-old is seen smiling in the reflection of the elevator's mirror along with five friends.

His parents Larry and Pamela Bice appeared this weekend on a BBC News travel show called "Fast: Track". The program focuses on safety issues while traveling abroad. The Bices were asked about the authorities' investigation into their son's death.

His body was found 10 days after he was reported missing, after detectives had a nearby river lock drained. The honor student's parents say they were not happy with the way their son's case was handled.

"The police went from a missing person to an accident. So, if you do that and there's no crime involved, the FBI cannot be involved unless there is a crime. They essentially kept the FBI out of it in going from a missing person to an accident. And so there is nothing the FBI could do," Larry Bice said.

In an interview with Examiner.com, Bice's father says he believes his son either fell or was pushed into the water intentionally or accidentally. He says it's possible someone may have jokingly wrestled with him for a coveted ticket to the La Riviera nightclub and got scared and ran away when he fell into the water.

The family is also waiting for toxicology and autopsy reports, which in Spain are not public records. Spanish law allows them to see the documents in court and take notes. The Bices are hoping to get copies sent to their Carlsbad home.

They're also waiting to look at cell tower records from the cell phone network Telefonica, which was used by Austin's Apple iPhone. They want to get a clearer picture of Austin's movements in the hours leading up to his death. Larry Bice says he also wants to conduct additional interviews with the students seen in the photo.

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