Daughter of Missing Retired FBI Agent Robert Levinson Pleads for Help in Open Letter

Robert Levinson
Robert Levinson
By Allan Lengel

The engaged daughter of an ex-FBI agent who vanished in 2007 while visiting an island off Iran, issued an open letter to the U.S. and Iran pleading for help.

“As you know, my father, Robert “Bob” Levinson, has been missing in Iran since March 9th, 2007, when he disappeared from Kish Island while investigating cigarette smuggling,” Sarah Levinson  wrote in a letter posted on a website dedicated to her father. “I am writing to remind you that my family and I need him home now, and we are pleading for you to do whatever is in your power to make that happen, as we know you can.”

Later in the letter, she writes: “Today, I beg of you to help bring him home as I personally need him more than ever. Last month, my boyfriend of 4 1/2 years asked my mother and brother for my hand in marriage, and as should be every daughter’s right, I need my father to give me away at my wedding.

Sarah Levinson with fiance Ryan/father's website
Sarah Levinson with fiance Ryan/father’s website

“In almost every culture around the world, the father of the bride is a critical role in the wedding ceremony, coming second only to that of the bride and groom themselves. A father walking his daughter down the aisle and giving her away to her new husband is a tradition as old as marriage, symbolizing a daughter leaving her family to start a new life with her spouse.”

To read full letter click here.

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