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Case of Missing American Citizen Robert Levinson

Press Statement
Robert Wood
Acting Spokesman, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 8, 2009


Today marks the two year anniversary of the disappearance of American citizen Robert Levinson, a retired FBI agent who went missing in Iran during a business trip to Kish Island in 2007. On this day, we reiterate our commitment to determining Mr. Levinson’s welfare and whereabouts, and reuniting him with his family.


Mr. Levinson is the father of seven children and grandfather of two – his second grandchild was born in his absence. The Levinson family misses him desperately.


In December 2007, Mrs. Levinson traveled to Iran - accompanied by her son and sister - where she met with Iranian officials who expressed a willingness to share information about their investigation into her husband’s disappearance with the family. However, to date, no information has been forthcoming. 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.


We ask anyone who may have information about the case to contact us or the Levinson family via their website:

PRN: 2009/196


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