The discovery of a body Tuesday believed to be that of missing FBI agent Stephen Ivens marked a tragic end for his family, which had maintained an unrelenting hope that he would be found alive in the months after he disappeared.
After the massive on-the-ground search was called off in the days after he was reported missing May 11, Stephen Ivens' wife, Thea, organized family and friends for their own search efforts.
They staged their own press conferences and recently held a candlelight vigil in McCambridge Park in Burbank to raise awareness about his case.
Throughout it all, Thea Ivens was adamant that her husband would be found alive.
“When the time comes, we hope he will come back to us safely, and soon,” she told dozens of supporters at the vigil.
Almost daily, she posted on her website, “Let's Bring Steve Home.” It was set up with the intent of generating new leads in the case, but police said few leads, if any, trickled in.