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FBI Pledges to Continue Searching for Answers about Robert Levinson on 15th Anniversary of Disappearance

Former FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared while in Iran.

By Steve Neavling

On the 15th anniversary of Robert Levinson’s disappearance on Wednesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray pledged to continue searching for answers about the mystery of his whereabouts. 

Levinson, whose 74th birthday is today, disappeared while on Kish Island, a tourist spot off the coast of Iran. He worked part-time for the CIA, and U.S. officials believed he died while in Iranian custody.  

“Fifteen years passed since Bob disappeared in Iranian territory, but no matter how much time goes by, Bob will forever remain part of our FBI family,” Wray said in a statement. “The FBI and our partners in the U.S. government will continue to seek answers for Bob’s wife, children, and grandchildren. We remain steadfast in our mission to bring Bob home where he belongs, and we will continue to pursue every lead to accomplish that mission, including calling on Iran to assist with Bob’s return.”

Levinson was an FBI special agent for 22 years. 

The FBI renewed its calls to Iran to share information that could lead to Levinson’s return and said the bureau would “hold those responsible for Bob’s disappearance accountable.”

In 2019,  the Department of State Rewards for Justice Program offered a reward of up to $20 million for information that leads to Levinson’s “location, recovery and return.”

FBI and NYPD Reopen 1979 Etan Patz Disappearance

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Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

The disappearance of 6-year- old New York boy Etan Patz 33 years ago has never been resolved nor forgotten.

The New York Times reports 40 police and FBI investigators swarmed a SoHo art storage space on Thursday morning, ready to disassemble the 13 by 62 foot space brick by brick in search of the boy’s remains. The flurry follows release of a search warrant in response to the reaction of a cadaver-sniffing dog in the long-observed storage space.

“Obviously we’re hopeful that we’ll find evidence in the disappearance of Etan Patz,” F.B.I. spokesman Tim Flannelly told the NY Times. “But the take-away of this is that we’re committed to these types of investigations, as is the N.Y.P.D. And we’re trying to bring closure to the investigation and the family, and we’re not going to be frustrated by time.”

At the time of Patz’s disappearance in 1979 there was a world-wide hunt, and he was one of the first missing children to be displayed on milk cartons.

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