Bob Levinson's house looks exactly the way it did before he disappeared. The four-bedroom place he bought in 2000 has no kids in it anymore, but there's still a basketball hoop out front. There's a three-car garage, although only one person parks there, and a vertiginous arched door to greet visitors.

Christine will change nothing, her kids say. (She declined to speak with New Times.) She won't sell the house or downsize into a condominium because she wants the love of her life to be comfortable once he returns home.

"My poor mom is still at that house, and it's empty," Sarah Moriarty says over the phone from her home in New York as her newborn cries in the background. "She doesn't want to move because she wants my dad to have some normalcy when he comes home."

Bob Levinson's first daughter, Susan, was born in 1977. Six more kids would follow.
Courtesy of the Levinson family
Bob Levinson's first daughter, Susan, was born in 1977. Six more kids would follow.
Special Agent Levinson spent 22 years with the FBI, fulfilling his childhood dream.
Courtesy of the Levinson family
Special Agent Levinson spent 22 years with the FBI, fulfilling his childhood dream.

Although they still cling to the same hope that somewhere in Iran, Bob Levinson is still alive and awaiting his release back to America, Sarah and Susan, the Levinsons' eldest child, have begrudgingly accepted that their father may not, in fact, be coming home anytime soon. Both swore they wouldn't have kids until their father returned, and both have given birth in the past few months.

Bob Levinson — famously good with newborns — now has six grandchildren to meet, including one named Bobby.

Christine spends most of her time visiting her kids in Orlando and New York. As Dan Levinson puts it, "She tries to avoid being alone down there as much as possible." Sarah offers another explanation for her perpetual absence: "It's gotta be hard being constantly reminded of the love of your life everywhere you look."

Anne Jablonski lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and teaches free-form yoga, while Barry Meier of the New York Times is working on a book about Bob Levinson.

Although Sen. Bill Nelson, Secretary of State John Kerry, and even President Obama have spoken publicly in the past about Levinson, there haven't been public negotiations with Iran since the video was sent. Despite efforts to keep his name out there, the Levinsons and McGee feel as if they're fighting a losing battle. Seven years after the former FBI agent went missing, his name is quickly being forgotten.

"If you're not upset with that or indignant, then something's wrong with you," says McGee. "It's silly, with a tragic core."

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