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Possibly suicidal FBI agent remains missing in Verdugo Mountains

An FBI agent thought to be despondent and possibly suicidal remained missing Monday after search teams hunted for him over the weekend in the rugged Verdugo Mountains.

Stephen Ivens, 35, a Los Angeles-based agent specializing in national security, left on foot Thursday from his Burbank home in the 1700 block of Scott Road, his family told police.

On Saturday, a 40-member search-and-rescue team from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department joined about a dozen Burbank police officers and 100 FBI agents in the search for him, officials said. It was the largest search in the city in 20 years, said Burbank police Capt. Denis Cremins.

Ivens, an avid hiker who is married and the father of a 1-year-old son, was believed to be carrying his handgun but is not considered to be a threat to anyone but himself, according to authorities.

They have not said why he was despondent, and urge anyone who spots him to call authorities rather than approach him.

Bloodhounds on Saturday tracked Ivens’ scent toward the Verdugos.

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


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