The FBI is offering a reward up to $1 million for information that will lead to the safe return of missing retired FBI special agent Bob Levinson, five years after Levinson vanished from Kish Island in Iran.
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 Washington, D.C. field office. We are committed to bringing Bob home safely to his family. We hope this reward will encourage anyone with information, no matter how insignificant they may think it is, to come forward. It may be the clue that we need to locate Bob.
Anyone with information on the 64-year-old is urged to get in contact with the nearest American embassy or consulate.
Levinson, a 22-year FBI veteran, was working as a private investigator when he traveled to Kish Island, Iran, on March 8, 2007. He turns 64 years old on Saturday, the FBI said.
He has not been seen or heard from since, save the video his captors sent to his family. In the taping, which can be seen below, Levinson appears frail and makes a desperate plea for help.
Though he is retired from the FBI, Bob remains a member of the FBI family to this day, said FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, and his family is our family. Like all families, we stand together in good times and in times of adversity. Today, we stand together to reaffirm our commitment to Bob Levinson.
Levinson's family is hoping the announcement of the $1 million reward will yield answers to Bob Levinson's disappearance and whereabouts.
I am very grateful that the FBI has offered this reward, said Levinson's wife, Christine Levinson. Our family believes the only way of resolving this issue successfully is with the FBI's help. It has been an extremely difficult time for my family. We all thought Bob would be home by now. But five years have passed, and we still don't know why he's being held, who has him, or where he is.
In March 2011, the U.S. government said it received indications that Levinson was being held by a group in southwest Asia, a region that includes the border regions of Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan.
Awareness of the reward is being spread in that region, the FBI said.
We're never going to give up, Christine Levinson said. Our goal is to get Bob home. We miss him every single day.
Here is video of Bob Levinson taken by his captors:
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