FBI Agents Call for Comprehensive International Effort to “Bring Bob Home”
Washington, DC: Marking the eighth anniversary on March 9th of the disappearance of retired Special Agent Robert “Bob” Levinson, the Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Society) and the FBI Agents Association (FBIAA), together representing more than 20,000 current and former Special Agents of the FBI, called on the international community to redouble its effort to “Bring Bob Home.”
Levinson was taken while working on Kish Island off the coast of Iran. He has not been publicly seen or heard from since then, and no person or group has claimed responsibility for his abduction. He is considered the longest-held American hostage in history. The FBI, which is charged with investigating crimes committed against U.S. citizens abroad, has been actively conducting an investigation to locate Levinson and has offered a reward of up to $1,000,000 for information leading directly to his safe location, recovery, and return. (Today, the FBI increased the reward to up to five million dollars for information that leads to his location and safe return.)
Levinson served six years with the Drug Enforcement Administration, followed by 22 years with the FBI. The Society and the FBIAA note that Levinson was renowned for his investigative contributions throughout his FBI career. He retired in 1998 and spent the next 11 years as a private investigator. With the exception of a single videotape released in November 2010 and photographs received in April 2011, Levinson’s family has heard nothing from his captors.
“Bob is a respected colleague and friend to us but more importantly, he is a husband, a father, and a grandfather to loving family members who miss him desperately. He has missed too many important occasions over the last eight years, and we call on anyone with information to come forward as a humanitarian gesture to the Levinson family. We know that the FBI considers this case a priority, but our nation’s leaders must ensure that a whole government approach and a comprehensive international effort are used to locate him and bring him home. Eight years without answers is unacceptable,” said Society President Ellen Glasser.
“Let’s make this the last solemn anniversary that needs to be marked by focusing world attention on our colleague and friend Bob Levinson’s continued imprisonment. Bob’s former colleagues have not forgotten him and will never let the world forget him. We call on the international community to redouble its efforts to gain his release.” said FBIAA President Reynaldo Tariche.
Reward information and photos of Levinson are posted on www.fbi.gov/levinson. Anyone with information can contact the FBI at https://tips.fbi.gov or their nearest FBI office.
The Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is a professional and fraternal organization of approximately 8,500 members who served with honor as Special Agents of the FBI. The Society was founded 78 years ago and is the largest association created specifically for former Federal Law Enforcement Officials.
The FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) is a professional association with a membership of more than 12,000 active and retired agents nationwide. The FBIAA was founded over three decades ago in response to the growing recognition that agents needed to join together in order to protect and advance the interests of agents both within the Bureau, as well as in the public domain. The FBIAA works diligently to promote and facilitate the intelligent, skillful, and efficient discharge of the professional duties of all FBI agents, and to advance and safeguard the careers, economic interests, conditions of employment, and welfare of active and retired FBI agents.