WASHINGTON - The US Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday offered a rare $1 million reward for information leading to the safe return of former agent Robert Levinson, who vanished in Iran in 2007 and is believed to be held hostage in the area.
The FBI made the announcement almost five years after Levinson, a former FBI special agent, disappeared from Kish Island in Iran while on a business trip. Iran's government has said previously it has no information about his whereabouts.
"While we believe Bob is alive, we are concerned about his health," James McJunkin, head of the FBI's Washington field office, told reporters. "I hope this reward encourages anyone with information - no matter how insignificant they may think it is - to come forward ... it may be the clue we need."
Last December a video was released of Levinson looking gaunt and appealing for help because he was "running very quickly out of diabetes medicine."