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March 9, 2016

FBI Statement on the Ninth Anniversary of the Disappearance of Robert A. Levinson

Nine years ago, on March 9, 2007, Robert A. “Bob” Levinson went missing on Kish Island, Iran. Bob, who will turn 68 tomorrow, served his country for 28 years, including 22 years as a special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He is the longest-held hostage in American history.

The FBI continues to work closely with our intelligence community and international partners to locate Bob and bring him home safely. We are encouraged by recent cooperation between the government of Iran and the United States and believe that our ability to locate Bob and reunite him with his family requires a shared commitment by the Iranian government.

“Bob’s wife, children, and grandchildren have waited nine long years for the release of their loved one. Nine years is an incomprehensible amount of time for him to be missing without any word of his whereabouts,” said FBI Director James B. Comey. “The FBI family feels personally connected to ensuring Bob’s safe return and we are doing everything in our power to investigate all leads.”

For more information regarding Mr. Levinson, to include photographs and reward information, please visit www.fbi.gov/levinson. Anyone with information regarding Mr. Levinson or his captors is encouraged to contact the FBI at https://tips.fbi.gov or e-mail the FBI at . Information will be kept confidential and can be provided anonymously.

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