Authorities have stopped actively combing local mountains and hillsides for an FBI agent who went missing from his Burbank home nearly two weeks ago, instead basing their search on tips from the public, a police official said Wednesday.
The decision came after a search carried out Saturday by teams from the Ventura and Los Angeles County sheriff’s departments turned up empty, Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said.
In the days after the May 11 disappearance of 35-year-old FBI agent Stephen Ivens from his Burbank home in the 1700 block of Scott Road, authorities from several agencies mounted a massive search — initially focused on the nearby Verdugo Mountains — using helicopters, dogs and foot patrols.
It took on added urgency because officials said he likely had his department-issued gun and could be a danger to himself, although they declined to say why.
But with no progress, Ryburn said the effort had turned into a search driven by leads from the public — of which there have been few.