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Family asks for public's help in search for missing FBI agent

June 13, 2012 |  6:48 pm

Stephen Ivens The family of an FBI agent who disappeared from his Burbank home more than a month ago made an emotional plea Wednesday for the public’s help in conducting searches and in preventing the case from going cold.

It was the second time the family of Special Agent Stephen Ivens has appealed for the public's help in finding Ivens, who went missing May 11.

Massive manhunts by foot and air took place in the days after his disappearance. But those searches have long been called off, and authorities say few, if any, leads have come in. The family has since launched its own search effort, aided in large part by social media websites.

Standing at the base of a popular hiking trail Wednesday at the Stough Nature Center, Ivens’ wife, Thea, called for volunteers to assist with two searches organized by the family on Saturday and June 23, according to the Burbank Leader.

“We can’t do that alone,” she said, adding that the family was “still hoping” her husband would come home.

“My understanding is that if there are no leads, there are no searches,” Thea Ivens said. “Lately there have not been any tips or leads.”

Her appeal came one day before Stephen Ivens’ 36th birthday.

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-- Maria Hsin, Times Community News

Photo: Agent Stephen Ivens

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