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Deputies Search for Suicidal Calif. FBI Agent

May 14, 2012  | 

An FBI agent thought to be despondent and possibly suicidal remained missing Monday after search teams hunted for him over the weekend in the rugged Verdugo Mountains of Southern California, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Stephen Ivens, 35, a Los Angeles-based agent specializing in national security, left on foot Thursday from his Burbank home in the 1700 block of Scott Road, his family told police.

On Saturday, a 40-member search-and-rescue team from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department joined about a dozen Burbank police officers and 100 FBI agents in the search for him, officials said.

Read the full Los Angeles Times story.


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DEADMAN @ 5/14/2012 4:08 PM

Could he just be tired from working long hours,anew baby crying at home,possibly a wife who needs more help with the baby and nags instead of talking it out.Did he take the gun because he was going hiking in the foothills and felt he might need it because of perceived dangers from wild animals,illegals,grass growers or people we perceive as just plain a$$h888s,you know they hike also.It was premature to label him as despondent or suicidal,maybe the wife offed him in the foothills to a newer model,you know it does happen,somethings not right.

DaveSAM25G @ 5/14/2012 10:44 PM

The job National Security has it's stresses - I hope eveything works oout and he returns for his child and wife!

Jerry Foster @ 5/15/2012 12:54 AM

What the hell is wrong with the news media identifying where an FBI agent lives, showing his home on TV and then showing his wife and child on TV? Unreal! Tell the story, fine, but do NOT devulge that much personal information about a Law Enforcement Officer. Especially on TV and the internet. Do the right thing and remove the video immediately.

Morning Eagle @ 5/15/2012 12:22 PM

Correct Jerry but the news media doesn't care about individuals, only about headlines, and I think some of them especially do not believe law enforcement officers are entitled to any privacy.

There is any number of reasons a person could decide to go armed while hiking in those hills and it certainly doesn't necessarily mean he was despondent. It is entirely possible he could have fallen or otherwise injured himself and been incapacitated. Hopefully they will find him quickly and he is all right. Although with duties in national security and what he probably sees happening today, stress and a certain level of depression could happen.

[email protected] @ 5/18/2012 9:57 PM

Jerry & Morning Eagle: Well said. I too hope he's found safe & sound. I'm all for publishing the home 'phone numbers and addresses for these idiot talking heads on TV that have no clue to what LEOs risk every bloody day! The big concern seems to be ratings and the hell with the damage it causes. Maybe the Agent just needed some down time.

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