BEIRUT -- An American freelance journalist missing in Syria since mid-August has been shown in a video clip posted online, blindfolded and saying "Oh, Jesus" in a frightened voice in the custody of armed men.

The video, which came to light Monday, was the first sign of Austin Tice's condition since he disappeared. Tice, 31, a former Marine, had been reporting on the civil war for The Washington Post, McClatchy Newspapers and others.

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The Tice family confirmed that it is their son in the video.

In the 47-second clip, Tice tries to recite the Muslim declaration of faith, or shahada, but switches to English and says, "Oh, Jesus. Oh, Jesus" and rests his head on a captor's arm. -- AP