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Authorities seek armed FBI agent who may be suicidal

May 12, 2012 |  6:28 pm

More than 150 law enforcement personnel--including about 100 FBI agents-- were searching Saturday afternoon for a missing FBI agent from Burbank who is believed to be suicidal and possibly carrying a handgun, officials said Saturday.

Fbi-blogStephen Ivens, 35, a Los Angeles-based agent specializing in national security, was last seen Friday at his home in the 1700 block of Scott Road in Burbank. He may have headed into the rugged Verdugo Mountains, officials said. Also missing from the home he shared with his wife and 1-year-old son is his handgun, officials said.

Officials would not reveal why they believe Ivens may be suicidal.

“He’s been a valuable member of our office,” said FBI Special Agent Steve Gomez.

A 40-member search-and-rescue team from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department along with a dozen Burbank Police officers were assisting about 100 FBI agents in the search, officials said.

It was the largest search in Burbank in 20 years, said  Capt. Denis Cremins of the Burbank Police Department.

Ivens has been with the FBI for more than three years  and before that spent eight years with the Los Angeles Police Department.

 Ivens, an avid hiker,  left his house on foot.  Bloodhounds tracked his scent toward the Verdugo Mountains, Gomez said.

Officials are also  searching other areas of the county. They do not believe Ivens is a danger to anyone but himself, but they warned people not to approach him if they spot him and urged people to call authorities.

Ivens is white, 6-feet tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has receding brown hair and wears prescription glasses, according to a police report.

Contact Burbank Police at (818) 238-3000 or the FBI at (310) 420-6441.

--Brittany Levine, Times Community News

Photo: Agent Stephen Ivens