Wife Remains Hopeful, Two Years After Husband's Disappearance In Iran
by Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL
It's been two years since U.S.
citizen Robert Levinson went missing while on a trip to Iran.
Levinson, a retired FBI agent from Florida, was last seen on Iran's Kish Island
on March 8, 2007. He was reportedly investigating cigarette smuggling.
Officials in Iran have said they have no information on his whereabouts.
Levinson's wife, Christine, says she believes her husband is still alive.
"Until someone gives concrete evidence of him not being alive, I will always
believe he's alive," she told RFE/RL.
Robert Levinson (left) as he looked around the time of his
disappearance, and in a computer-enhanced photo of how he may look
today (right) - Courtesy Photo
On March 8, the U.S. State Department issued a statement marking the anniversary
of Levinson's disappearance and reiterating its call for Iran to help find him.
"We continue to call on Iran to stand by its commitment by providing full
details about their authorities' investigation both to his family and to the
Swiss Embassy in Tehran, which looks after U.S. interests in the absence of
normal diplomatic relations," the statement said.
U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida
said last month he believes Levinson is alive and "being
held by the Iranians."
In an effort to help locate him, his family has released a computer-enhanced
photograph showing what Levinson may look like now.
More information on Levinson's case can be found
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