By Chris Joseph
The last known photograph of Levinson, who disappeared off the coast of Iran in 2007; it was sent to the family in 2011.
Today marks the eighth anniversary since Robert Levinson, a Coral Springs private detective, vanished from Kish Island in Iran, where he was researching a cigarette-smuggling case. And now FBI Director James B. Comey has announced that the reward for information leading to Levinson’s location, recovery, and return has been increased to to $5 million.
Levinson, himself a former FBI agent and former DEA officer, was last confirmed alive in 2011, when his family received disturbing photos and video via an anonymous email. The photos showed Levinson with wild gray hair and a long unkempt beard, wearing an orange jumpsuit not unlike those worn by detainees at Guantanamo Bay. In each photo, he’s seen holding up a sign with different messages, such as, “This is the result of 30 years serving for USA.”