The White House said on Tuesday that Robert Levinson, a Jewish former FBI agent who went missing on Iran’s Kish Island in 2007, may no longer be inside of Iran.
Levinson was not among the five Americans included as part of prisoner swap with Iran last weekend. On Tuesday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the Obama administration has pressed Iran to obtain “as much information as they have” on where Levinson may be, but that the U.S. believes he may no longer be in Iran.
Earnest added that President Barack Obama has personally been in touch with the Levinson family and will continue to look for information on him.
“We’re obviously very sensitive to the concerns and rather raw feelings of the Levinson family,” Earnest said.
Levinson’s son, Dan, told CNN on Tuesday that the family “can only hope that they (U.S. officials) are really doing everything they can.”
U.S. officials believe that Levinson may have died in captivity after meeting with an American-born Islamic militant on Kish Island, Reuters reported. Iranian officials have repeatedly denied knowledge of Levinson’s whereabouts.