FBI increases reward in Robert Levinson case

FBI offering $5 million for information leading to retired FBI agent's safe recovery


PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – The FBI has increased its reward to up to $5 million for information leading to the safe recovery of retired FBI agent and South Floridian Robert Levinson.

"Today we mark eight years since Bob disappeared in Iran, and we are increasing the reward for his location and safe return to his family," said FBI Director James B. Comey. "We ask anyone with information to contact the FBI. It is long past time for Bob to come home."

Levinson, who will turn 67 on Tuesday, disappeared in Kish Island, Iran, on March 9, 2007. For many years, the U.S. publicly described Levinson as a private citizen who traveled to Iran on business, but an Associated Press investigation found that Levinson was actually working as a CIA contractor investigating the Iranian government.  

Levinson is now one of the longest-held American hostages in history. The U.S. has not received "proof of life" since 2011 and it's still unclear who is holding him.

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