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Forensic experts were expected to perform an autopsy Wednesday on the body of a California college student pulled from of a Madrid river, but it could take weeks before the result is known, a judicial official said.
This recent but undated family photo shows Austin Bice, a San Diego State University exchange student from Carlsbad, Calif., who is missing in Madrid, Spain. Friends said Bice, 22, was last seen outside a discotheque in the early hours of Feb. 26 and hasn't been seen since. Bice had a full beard, not seen in this photo, when he disappeared. (AP Photo/Courtesy Bice Family) NO SALES
San Diego State University students hold candles during a vigil for missing student Austin Bice Monday, March 7, 2011, in San Diego. Police, family and friends have stepped up a search for a San Diego State University exchange student who went missing in after visiting a nightclub in Madrid more than a week ago. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
A poster of missing U.S. student Austin Bice, is stuck to a lamp post , near to La Riviera Discotheque, as people walk past on the street in Madrid, Monday March 7, 2011. Police, family and friends have stepped up a search for the San Diego State University exchange student who went missing after visiting a nightclub in Madrid more than a week ago.(AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Local resident Manuel Calderon, a retired military engineer, right looks over into the river Manzanares beside a memorial of flowers and candles for U.S. student Austin Bice, in Madrid Wednesday March 9, 2011. The body of San Diego State U.S. exchange student Austin Bice, was found Tuesday in the river 10 days after he went missing following a night out, a police official said. The sign says 'Murdered in Madrid, Americans demand Justice', even though a Spanish official says forensic experts are still to carry out an autopsy but it could take weeks before the result is known. (AP Photo/Paul White)
It will be up to the judge handling the case to determine whether the findings of the autopsy for 22-year-old Austin Bice are made public, said a spokesman for Madrid's Superior Justice Tribunal who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with department rules.
While initial results will be forwarded immediately to the judge and will be given to Bice's family, toxicology test results could take weeks if the judge asks for them, the spokesman said.
In Spanish cases where investigations determine that no one else had a role in the death, the results are almost always kept secret and forwarded only to the family to protect the privacy of the victim, the spokesman said.
Police said they found no signs of foul play after Bice's body was spotted in a stretch of the slow-moving Manzanares River that had been drained as part of the search for the San Diego State University student on a semester abroad in Madrid.
He had been missing since Feb. 26 after saying goodbye to friends outside a nightclub several few hundred meters (yards) from the place in the river where his body emerged.
Bice, from Carlsbad, California, was studying international business at Carlos III University and had been in Spain since January. Roommates had reported him missing after he failed to return home following the night out.
The site where Bice's body was pulled from the river borders a pedestrian walkway and a park. Bouquets of flowers had been placed there Wednesday, along with candles and a picture of Bice glued on a makeshift American flag with the words: "Murdered in Madrid. Americans Demand Justice!!!"
There was nothing to indicate who had placed the sign there, and retired military engineer Manuel Calderon said he thought it was premature for people to conclude that Bice was a homicide victim.
But Calderon, 78, said it was also difficult to understand how Bice might have fallen into the river because a three foot- (one meter-) wide stone wall separates long stretches of the walkway from the water.
"I just don't understand it. Maybe he was lying or sitting on top the wall and somehow fell in," said Calderon.
Calderon and other residents said the area is very safe, even long after midnight, and that young adults heading home from nights out on the town frequently walk along the river in the park because crime isn't a problem. None could remember anyone ever falling into the river.
Family members and friends said Bice was enjoying his time in Madrid. He posted glowing reports on his blog touching on themes ranging from Spanish food, to a trip to Valencia, his initial difficulty with Spanish, heavy homework assignments and Madrid's vibrant nightlife.

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