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Wife of missing FBI agent says child is asking for Daddy

May 15, 2012 |  4:06 pm


The wife of a missing FBI agent appealed for the public's help in tracking him down Tuesday, saying in a letter that 35-year-old Stephen Ivens is "more than just a missing person."

Authorities have been engaged in a massive manhunt since Ivens left on foot from his home in the 1700 block of Scott Road in Burbank on Friday morning. He was reported missing by his family a short time later, and police feared that he was armed and suicidal.

On Tuesday, his wife, Thea Ivens, released a personal appeal for his safe return.

"Steve, if you are out there listening right now, your wife wants to let you know, 'Babe, we are in this together for better or for worse. I love you, no matter what happens.' Your child wants you to know, 'Daddy's work? Daddy home?'"

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 Saturday, but little progress has been reported in the search.

Air crews on Monday patrolled the skies above the Verdugo Mountains, where bloodhounds had initially tracked Ivens' scent, the Burbank Leader reported.

Authorities are relying increasingly on air support because most of the hikable terrain has been covered, Burbank police Capt. Denis Cremins said.

"We looked at trails, and the area adjacent to the trails" in the Verdugo Mountains that people and dogs can access, Cremins said.

Authorities continue to look at cellphone records and credit card accounts and are checking with hospitals on a regular basis, he added.

An avid hiker, Ivens was believed to be carrying his handgun, although he is not considered to be a threat to anyone but himself, according to authorities.

Thea Ivens said her husband "would never hurt" anyone.

"He is a father, a husband, a son, a brother, a nephew, a friend and a colleague in this community," she wrote.

Stephen Ivens has been with the FBI for more than three years and specializes in national security. He is white, 6 feet tall and weighs 160 pounds, authorities said. He has receding brown hair and wears prescription glasses. Anyone with information is asked to call Burbank police at (818) 238-3000 or the FBI at (310) 477-6565.


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