Two of the children of a former FBI agent from Coral Springs who disappeared in Iran five years ago were presented with college grants at a ceremony in Tamarac Thursday.
The Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI presented $10,000 to the children of Robert Levinson at the luncheon ceremony at Colony Coast Country Club.
"Bob is part of the FBI family," said society President Brad Benson. "We are trying to help carry out what he would be doing for his children if he were home."
Levinson, who spent more than two decades with the FBI and was working as a private investigator, disappeared from the Iranian island of Kish on March 8, 2007, and hasn't been seen since.
Earlier this week, a $1 million reward was offered for information leading to Levinson's safe recovery.
"Bob was 59 years old when he was abducted: he will be 64 on Saturday, his birthday. Bob is getting older, as we are. We are deeply concerned about his health. He suffers from hypertension, diabetes and gout – all of which get worse with age," the Levinson family said in a statement. "To the people holding Bob, we ask once again that you please, please let us know what you want from us. We beg you to show him the mercy you would want shown to you if you were in his place, and allow him to return home to his family."
David Levinson said Bob Levinson was his mother Christine's "love of her life, and for her to be without him every day, I know that is crushing for her."
His sister Susan said, "I miss my father more than words can say, I love him more than anything in this world and he's my favorite person in the world, he'll always be."
Christine Levinson said the most significant event that her husband has missed was the birth of their second grandchild.
"I think that was really difficult because he wasn't here, and if you know anything about Bob you know how much he loves children," she said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the FBI at https://tips.fbi.gov.