The discovery of missing FBI agent Stephen Ivens' body in the foothills above Burbank marks a tragic end for his family, which had maintained an unrelenting hope that he would be found alive months after he was reported missing.
While Los Angeles County coroner officials continued to investigate the cause of death, Burbank police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said a weapon had been recovered near the body, which was found Monday night in the 3600 block of Scott Road.
After the massive on-the-ground search was called off in favor of following up on leads from the public, Stephen Ivens’ wife, Thea, organized family and friends for their own search efforts. They also recently held a candle light vigil to raise awareness about his case.
Throughout it all, Thea Ivens was adamant that her husband would be found alive.
“How can there be leads if there is no media awareness? How can we find him if no one is looking? That's why I'm doing this,” she said at a search organized by family and friends in June. “I can't just give up on him.”