Family of American Missing in Iran Still Waiting

NEW YORK (AP) -
An FBI poster at a 2012 news conference, five years after Robert Levinson was kidnapped. The poster shows (L) an image taken from the video released by his kidnappers, and (R) how he would look like in 2012 after five years in captivity. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
An FBI poster at a 2012 news conference, five years after Robert Levinson was kidnapped. The poster shows (L) an image taken from the video released by his kidnappers, and (R) how he would look like in 2012 after five years in captivity. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Relatives of a former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran almost nine years ago say they’re happy for the families of the Americans just released by that country, but wish they had something to celebrate as well.

Robert Levinson vanished from an Iranian resort in March 2007. An Associated Press investigation revealed he was working for the CIA at the time.

Levinson’s family has pushed the U.S. government to bring him home but Iran officials have said they don’t know where Levinson is.

Asked whether Levinson is alive, Secretary of State John Kerry said, “We have no idea.”

Levinson’s family insists he is still alive, even with health issues including diabetes, gout and high blood pressure.

Five Americans being held in Iran were released Saturday, the same day last summer’s nuclear deal was finalized.