Family of Missing FBI Agent Pleads for Safe Return

Special agent Stephen Ivens was reported missing on Friday. His wife, child and mother reached out to him Tuesday through an open letter asking him to come home.

The family of Stephen Ivens, the 35-year-old FBI agent who was reported missing on Friday morning, released an open letter Tuesday pleading with him to come home.

“Steve, if you are out there listening right now, your wife wants to let you know, 'Babe, we are in this together for better or for worse. I love you, no matter what happens.' Your child wants you to know, 'Daddy's work? Daddy home?'" the letter, which was released through the Burbank Police, read.

“Your mother wants you to know, 'I love you, I need you and come home, wherever that home is, because I need you back.' Please remember that we love you, we miss you and let us know that you are OK,” the letter continued.

“Steve is more than just a missing person,” his wife Thea Ivens wrote. “He is a father, a husband, a son, a brother, a nephew, a friend and a colleague in this community.”

“We implore the public to help with any information that may lead to bringing Steve back home safely. We ask for your prayers in getting Steve back home safely,” his wife wrote.

Ivens’ family has created the Facebook page “Let’s Bring Steve Home” to help spread the word.

Details on Ivens' Disappearance

Ivens was last seen by his family Thursday evening, and was reported missing from his Burbank home on Friday just after 7 a.m. He is a special agent with the FBI's Los Angeles division.

Ivens may have entered into the Verdugo mountains area above La Cañada-Flintridge on foot, and was described as despondent and suicidal by authorities.  A handgun is missing from Ivens’ home. Officials are concerned about Ivens’ well-being and say there’s no indication that he has been involved in criminal activity.

The Verdugo mountains are known to be extremely rugged. Sierra Madre Search and Rescue, which includes members from Monrovia, along with Montrose Search and Rescue and Sheriff’s personnel from Altadena and Santa Clarita, reserve deputies, volunteer rescuers, Special Enforcement Bureau, Emergency Services Detail, paramedics, bloodhounds and a helicopter crew have aided in the search since Saturday morning.

Ivens is white, six feet tall, 160 lbs. with brown eyes and brown hair. He wears prescription glasses.

Anyone with information about Ivens’ whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Burbank Police Department at (818) 238-3000.


Laurice Tatum May 17, 2012 at 11:15 PM
To the author of "Why is the Stephen Ivens Story Such Big News?" In my lowly and humble opinion, it's a "Big Story", because it highlights the bureaucratic mentality and its inability to think three dimensionally. It highlights inability to confront inherent problems Its a big story because it highlight the inability of the bureaucracy to reflect upon its own actions whether right or wrong. That lack of reflections which put its entities on a road to self destruction. That lack of reflection which leads to outside manipulation. That lack of reflection which further leads to leads to the improper venting of anger and frustration and has an out come of self destruction. That road which time after time has repeatedly lead to such actions as a US soldier picking up his gun and going on a shooting rampage, a soldier who takes it upon himself to release thousands of classified documents, a CIA agent who misguidedly further the cause of the opposition. Our enemies need to do little but sit back, choose the moment to tweak one situation to their advantage and then God help us all. To the Ivens family positive thoughts to you in this time concern, and prayers that you receive Gods grace, peace and comfort. To Stephen brother no matter what you are loved.
Margaret-Mary Salazar May 18, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Here's a thought: How about sending one of drones w/optics to search our rugged foothills for agent --Ivers? Semper Fi.
Laurice Tatum May 20, 2012 at 06:02 AM
I send out positive thoughts and prays to the Ivens family. As a Christian and former Bureau employee I say this with all due respect. The truth is always appropriate even though someone feeling my be hurt. If Stephen doesn't want to be found then he may never return home. Then the Ivens family will never learn the full truth behind Stephen disappearance.


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