Washington, D.C., December 4, 2009 – Christine Levinson, marking the 1,000th day since her husband disappeared in Iran, appealed directly to the Iranian people via the Voice of America (VOA) to "help me find my husband and bring him home."
Mrs. Levinson, speaking on the Persian News Network (PNN), said, "Iranians understand family and how important it is. My family cannot be whole and celebrate anything, such as anniversaries, birthdays, birth of children, without my husband."
Robert Levinson, a former employee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), was on a business trip to Kish Island, Iran when he disappeared on March 9, 2007. He is the father of seven children.
Mrs. Levinson, noting that the family's second granddaughter was born after Levinson went missing, said, "I'm hoping that the Iranian people will help me find my husband and bring him home so that he can celebrate Grace’s first birthday in December."
During her appearance on PNN's News & Views, an evening television broadcast, Mrs. Levinson appealed to any Iranians with knowledge of her husband's whereabouts to contact the FBI, the Swiss Embassy in Teheran, or her website: www.helpboblevinson.com. There is a $5,000 reward for information leading to his discovery. The Swiss Embassy represents U.S. interests in the absence of normal diplomatic relations.
In December 2007, Mrs. Levinson traveled to Iran to inquire about her husband's disappearance.
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