Former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who went missing in Iran in 2007, is believed to have died while in the custody of the Middle Eastern nation, his family said.
“We recently received information from US officials that has led both them and us to conclude that our wonderful husband and father died while in Iranian custody,” his family said in a Wednesday statement.
Levinson’s family said they don’t know how or when he died, but only that it occurred before the global coronavirus outbreak.
“It is impossible to describe our pain,” the family said. “Our family will spend the rest of our lives without the most amazing man, a new reality that is inconceivable to us.”
Levinson vanished in 2007 after being apprehended on Iran’s Kish Island while conducting a secret mission for the CIA.
In November 2010, video emerged of Levinson wearing an orange jumpsuit and pleading to be released and returned to the United States.
But efforts to bring him back home had been impeded by the lack of formal relations between the two countries.
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