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Missing Ex-FBI Agent's Wife Being Honored In Queens

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - The wife of a retired FBI agent missing since a 2007 trip to Iran is being honored in Queens Wednesday night by the National Police Defense Foundation.

Christine Levinson is to be the recipient of the Profiles in Courage Award.

Since her husband vanished she's aggressively pursued all possible angles.

Missing Ex-FBI Agent's Wife Being Honored In Queens

"I've tried to keep people aware that he's still not home and we need him home," she told WCBS 880's Peter Haskell. "It's hard, but at the same time, it needs to be done because we haven't got Bob home yet."

Bob Levinson
A supposed photograph of Bob Levinson e-mailed anonymously to the family in 2011 (credit: FBI)

That's why she's getting the award.

Bob Levinson was working as a private investigator when he traveled to Kish Island off the coast.

"What we need most is the Iranian government to do what they've promised to do, which is help us find answers," Christine said.

Their 25-year-old son David remains hopeful.

"And I strongly believe with all my heart in knowing my dad is a persevering and determined man, that he is alive," he said, adding that feels this whole thing has been a nightmare.

He was 19 when his father disappeared.

"I just remembered having his guidance and, all of a sudden, losing that," he said.

Christine said she does believe her husband is still alive.

If you know anything, please visit the family's website.

The Levinsons are from Bergen County, N.J.

Also being honored at the awards dinner tonight is New Jersey U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, who has been selected as Legislator of the Year.

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