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Authorities continue search for missing FBI agent on foot

May 18, 2012

Burbank police on Friday continued their search for an FBI agent on foot in the Verdugo hills, one week after he was reported missing from his home.

Authorities had been relying on air support in their search for 35-year-old Stephen Ivens, who on May 11 apparently left his Burbank home in the 1700 block of Scott Road with his department-issued gun.

But after a week of chasing down tips and leads, authorities have reported little progress, saying only that the search remains "wide open."

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Bloodhounds had initially tracked Ivens' scent to the Verdugo Mountains, but later determined it could have been from an earlier hike.

In the days after he was first reported missing, 100 FBI agents joined local police and L.A. County sheriff's deputies for what officials said was the largest manhunt of its kind in Burbank.

Ivens, who has been with the FBI for more than three years and specializes in national security, was only believed to be threat to himself, although authorities declined to elaborate why.

In a public letter appealing for his safe return earlier this week, his wife, Thea Ivens, said her husband "would never hurt or be a risk to anyone."

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

Burbank police on Friday again appealed for the public's help in tracking Stephen Ivens down. Those with information may call police at (818) 238-3000, or the FBI at (310) 477-6565.

Stephen Ivens is white, 6 feet tall and 160 pounds, authorities said. He has receding brown hair and wears prescription glasses.

Authorities have urged the public to not approach the agent, but to instead notify police.

-- Jason Wells, Times Community News

Twitter: @JasonBretWells

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