Coral Springs Passes Resolution to Help Publicize Missing Man’s Plight

Christine Levinson, wife of Robert Levinson, next to Mayor Vincent Boccard

Christine Levinson, wife of Robert Levinson, next to Mayor Vincent Boccard

By: Sharon Aron Baron

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller speaks at the press conference at the Washington Field Office.

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller speaks at the press conference at the Washington Field Office.

Robert “Bob” Levinson, an American private investigator and retired FBI agent was taken hostage on March 9, 2007, when visiting Iran’s Kish Island while researching a cigarette smuggling case.  This Thanksgiving, he will become the longest held hostage ever in American history.

On the 2,357 day of resident Robert Levinson’s captivity in Iran, the Coral Springs City Commission, along with US Congressman Ted Deutch, passed a resolution encouraging his swift and safe return to his family.

To accept the resolution, was Levinson’s wife Christine who has tirelessly campaigned for Bob’s release in front of Senators, on up to the President.

Christine and Bob are 29-year residents of Coral Springs and moved there when there wasn’t too much around.   “Bob was transferred from New York to Miami and they said that Coral Springs had the best schools, and they were right.”

All seven of their children attended Riverside Elementary School, five of them having graduated from J.P. Taravella High School and two from Coral Glades High School.

Help-Bob-Levinson

Poster with reward asking for Bob Levinson’s return

The UN General Assembly will be meeting in New York in September and Mrs. Levinson will be there to remind them about her husband.  “Last year we had large billboards up with Bob’s picture, which were put up by the FBI.”  They were hoping to get the attention of former President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who was attending.

This month, President Hassan Rouhani was elected president of Iran replacing Ahmadinejad.  Parliament also just confirmed Mohammad Javad Zarif as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs.  “Zarif was the UN Ambassador when the case first started,” said Levinson who hopes this change in the administration will help bring Bob home.

In 2010, Levinson said the family received “irrefutable proof” that he was still alive via a video tape dated from November. In the video, Levinson appears to have lost considerable weight, and repeatedly pleads for help in returning home.  Since that time they have not received any more videos or any substantial leads.

President Barack Obama meets with Christine Levinson in the Oval Office on March 6, 2012.

President Barack Obama meets with Christine Levinson in the Oval Office on March 6, 2012.

In March 2012, approaching the five-year anniversary of Levinson’s captivity, the FBI offered a $1 million reward for information leading to his safe recovery and return. In addition, a campaign was launched, using billboards, radio messages, flyers, and a telephone hotline to publicize this reward and obtain information of his whereabouts.

“A couple of weeks ago, I met with Secretary of State, John Kerry,” said Christina Levinson, “And he promised to do whatever he can to help us.”

Each day, his Facebook page is updated by his children with the number of days their father is held in captivity and a memory or two about him. The page has over 8,000 faithful followers who have suffered along with the family’s journey in the hopes of finding some answers, somewhere.

To follow the families Facebook page:  Help Bob Levinson
Official Website:  Help Bob Levinson
FBI Offers $1 Million Reward for Information Leading to Safe Location and Return 
Twitter:  Help Bob Levinson
 
 

About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk. Tamarac Talk was created in 2010 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Tamarac and to give resident's a forum. We are not affiliated with the City of Tamarac. That's why this site can be occasionally opinionated and obviously open.

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