It had all the intrigue one would expect for a story involving a missing FBI agent: a neighbor who said she saw the man acting strangely on the night before his disappearance; a massive manhunt; a family who pleaded for his safe return; a department-issued handgun, also missing.
The case of Stephen Ivens — the Burbank resident who was reported missing May 11 — generated widespread media interest, particularly after an exhaustive on-the-ground search conducted by more than 100 federal and local law enforcement officials failed to turn up a trace of his whereabouts.
It was the largest manhunt of its kind in Burbank, launched after Ivens was reported missing May 11 from his home in the 1700 block of Scott Road with his department-issued handgun, prompting authorities to warn that he could be a danger to himself. The massive on-the-ground search was called off days later.
Still, for roughly three months, the 36-year-old agent’s family and volunteers were unrelenting in their hope that he was alive and continued to scour their Burbank parks and hiking trials for clues.