Bob and his Family
FBI, Washington Field Office
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REWARD FOR INFORMATION OFFERED ON FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DISAPPEARANCE OF FORMER FBI AGENT ROBERT A. LEVINSON
This week, on the five year anniversary of his disappearance, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announces a reward of up to $1,000,000 for information leading directly to the safe location, recovery and return of Robert A. Levinson.
Mr. Levinson, who will turn 64 on March 10, is a retired U.S. government employee who gave 28 years of service to the U.S. Department of Justice, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration. On March 8, 2007, Mr. Levinson traveled to Kish Island, Iran, as a private investigator and has not been publicly seen or heard from since his disappearance on March 9, 2007. The FBI is responsible for investigating crimes committed against U.S. citizens abroad and has been conducting an investigation to locate Mr. Levinson since 2007.
“On the fifth anniversary of Bob’s disappearance, the FBI continues to follow every lead into his abduction and captivity,” said James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office. “We are committed to bringing Bob home safely to his family. We hope that this reward will encourage anyone with information about Bob or his captors, no matter how insignificant it seems, to contact the FBI. The FBI is interested in any information from the time he disappeared on Kish Island, Iran to the present.”
A year ago, the U.S. Secretary of State issued a statement that the United States government had received indications that Mr. Levinson was being held captive by a group in southwest Asia. This includes the border regions of Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan. However, the captors themselves remain unidentified.
A publicity campaign is being launched this week in southwest Asia to heighten awareness of Levinson’s abduction, announce the $1,000,000 reward and solicit information. Billboards, radio messages and flyers will be utilized to publicize the reward and the investigation. A telephone tip line will be provided for listeners and viewers in that region so that they can confidentially provide information.
The FBI has posted reward information and pictures of Mr. Levinson on the Kidnappings & Missing Persons page of the FBI.gov website. We encourage anyone with information regarding Robert Levinson or his captors to contact the FBI at https://tips.fbi.gov. Information will be confidential and can be shared anonymously.
The Levinson family would like to express our gratitude to everyone who has contacted us to express their love, kindness, prayers, and support during this difficult time. Christmas is a time for family, and it is unbelievable to us that five Christmas holidays have come and gone since our father disappeared. Our relief at receiving the video of our father is mixed with inexpressible sadness. The fact is that we still don’t know where he is and how to get him safely home. Our pleas to the group holding our father remain unanswered.
We ask anyone who may have information about our father, Bob Levinson, to please contact us at email@example.com
Again, thank you to everyone who has reached out to us. We will be forever grateful.
As we begin this new year, we pray that 2012 will be the year that Bob is reunited with us.
The Levinson Family
It is approaching five years since my father, Robert “Bob” Levinson, disappeared on Kish Island off the coast of Iran in March 2007. Earlier this year, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that my family had received proof my father is alive and is believed to be held somewhere in southwest Asia. Earlier this month, my family released that proof, a video we received in November 2010 of my father pleading for help. We had kept it private in order not to jeopardize the FBI’s continuing investigation into his disappearance.
Our family had mixed emotions on receiving that video. We were ecstatic to receive confirmation of what we had always believed to be true, that my father is alive and unable to contact us. We also learned that my father is living the worst nightmare imaginable — away from his wife, seven children and two grandchildren, in poor health and unable to come home.
My father worked for the FBI for 22 years. Before joining the FBI he worked for the Drug Enforcement Administration for six years. He had been retired for 10 years and was working as a private investigator at the time of his disappearance. Those who are holding him must have surely realized this by now. When he was with the FBI, my father worked to keep drugs off America’s streets and to put members of organized crime in prison. He was on his first trip to the region — to Dubai and Kish Island — working on behalf of several large corporations to investigate the smuggling of counterfeit cigarettes. My father was working to provide for our large family.
Nothing in our lives can replace the emptiness and utter despair of knowing that someone we love is out there, suffering and wanting nothing more than to come home. I speak for my entire family when I say that, no matter how much we try to enjoy something and continue living our lives, there is always the feeling of knowing our father is somewhere in southwest Asia living a nightmare. He is a good, decent man who does not deserve to be treated this way.
We have been grateful for the cooperation of the government of Iran ever since my father’s disappearance, and respectfully ask for its continued assistance. Since our father went missing while in Iran, I imagine it would also have an interest in knowing what happened to him.
My family also appreciated the public offer of cooperation extended by the Islamic Republic of Iran in September. In an interview while visiting the United Nations in New York, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told reporters regarding my father’s case: “I think there was good collaboration between the intelligence apparatus in both countries. I think we have reached concrete results — good results — and it would be good if such collaboration continues.” My family and I couldn’t agree more.
Right now there appears to be no common ground regarding any issues between Iran and the U.S., and my father is caught in the middle. It is my hope that the two countries can use their collaboration on locating my father and returning him safely to his family as a foundation to build on. I believe that bringing my father home could have a significant positive effect on U.S.-Iran relations.
Our family has no idea where my father is being held. We have no idea who is holding my father. I am writing this in hopes it will reach his captors. My simple message to them is this: Please, please, return my father to his family. Let us know what you want from us. Let us know how we can bring him home. We can be contacted at http://www.helpboblevinson.com.