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Excerpt: "A missing FBI agent from Burbank, believed to be suicidal and possibly carrying a handgun, has become the subject of a major manhunt this weekend."

Stephen Ivens was last seen by family members Thursday evening, 05/10/12. (photo: Burbank Police Department)
Stephen Ivens was last seen by family members Thursday evening, 05/10/12. (photo: Burbank Police Department)



Missing FBI Agent Armed and Suicidal, Police Believe

By Brittany Levine, Los Angeles Times

13 May 12

 

Lot of red flags here. Agent specializes in 'national security'? Young man with family wants to kill himself? 'Officials would not reveal why they believe Ivens may be suicidal'? 'The largest search in Burbank in 20 years'? This is a real interest grabber, little doubt that there is more to this story. Wonder what agent Stephen Ivens really knows? -- ma/RSN

missing FBI agent from Burbank, believed to be suicidal and possibly carrying a handgun, has become the subject of a major manhunt this weekend.

Stephen Ivens, 35, a Los Angeles-based agent specializing in national security, was last seen Friday at his home in the 1700 block of Scott Road in Burbank. He may have headed into the rugged Verdugo Mountains, officials said. Also missing from the home he shared with his wife and 1-year-old son is his handgun, officials said.

Officials would not reveal why they believe Ivens may be suicidal.

"He's been a valuable member of our office," said FBI Special Agent Steve Gomez.

A 40-member search-and-rescue team from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department along with a dozen Burbank police officers were assisting about 100 FBI agents in the search, officials said.

It was the largest search in Burbank in 20 years, said Capt. Denis Cremins of the Burbank Police Department.

Ivens has been with the FBI for more than three years and before that spent eight years with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Ivens, an avid hiker, left his house on foot. Bloodhounds tracked his scent toward the Verdugo Mountains, Gomez said.

Officials are also searching other areas of the county. They do not believe Ivens is a danger to anyone but himself, but they warned people not to approach him if they spot him and urged people to call authorities.

Ivens is white, 6-feet tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has receding brown hair and wears prescription glasses, according to a police report.

 

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+6 # treadlightly 2012-05-13 16:10
Just a really lost guy. Look at the expression on his face. Hope he finds whatever he's missing.
 
 
+6 # MEBrowning 2012-05-13 22:05
Why give this comment a negative? It's a kind thought. We need more of those. I feel for this guy, too. And his family.
 
 
+31 # nice2blucky 2012-05-13 16:52
Not to seem overly skeptical of government claims, but I wonder if this guy is suicidal in the same way that Bradley Manning was suicidal. Or is it the same way that Osama Bin Laden was suicidal?

Am I too cynical? Or is it that our government tells so many lies that the burden is on them to rebuild a reputation?

Not that they will. After all shameless is what it is. And lying seems to serve their purposes.

Oh .... it's on videotape and contradicts everything we've said? Then no comment. Cannot comment during an ongoing investigation.

But as ma writes, "Wonder what agent Stephen Ivens really knows?"

Just remember, dead men tell no tales. Just ask Osama.

Oh wait.
 
 
+10 # Glen 2012-05-14 08:17
Exactly my thinking, nice2blucky. The reaction was immediate. It would not be the first time the FBI or CIA "got rid" of an individual(s). Why even announce this if there is no story behind it.
 
 
+6 # noitall 2012-05-14 17:22
He could just go to the news media and reveal what he knows and they will...Oh wait.
 
 
+1 # nice2blucky 2012-05-14 22:23
I like your running with the theme.
 
 
+3 # noitall 2012-05-14 17:28
You guys are all just a bunch of realists spouting your opinions from your intelligence-re inforced experiences (the reason for your distrust of 'authorities'). The police could be telling the truth this time...Oh wait... Or its possible that they don't know where he is and he is still alive...oh wait.
 
 
+9 # barbaratodish 2012-05-14 03:48
The FBI probably "PLANTED" the "GUN" they "SAY" is missing! Too many "red flags"! Why SUCH a search if Stephen Ivens is so "valuable" and IF he is so "VALUABLE" why submit or allow a picture of Stephen that is sooooo RED? Who submitted that photo, why would his family choose such a photo? Why was a police report made at all and who made the police report? Why and how did the Reporter from the LA Times, Brittany Levine get involved, who was her contact, was it Stephen's family or did he FBI reach out to Brittany, and if Stephen was only missing Friday (2 days ago), and over a weekend, too, that's seems too quick for someone to be considered missing, was his family encouraged by the FBI to consider him missing? Was he already dispossed of and is there just time used to make up a "discovery" There is so much "setting up" going on, to justify the fear hype about potential citizen "terrorists" with entrapment, maybe this practie is extended to FBI employees, too?
 
 
+10 # Citizen Mike 2012-05-14 06:02
This guy knows too much and has threatened to blow the whistle, so he's been taken into the woods for execution simulating suicide. He's become a liability because his dormant conscience has suddenly sprung into action and he has remembered right-and-wrong . Isn't that obvious?
 
 
+20 # genierae 2012-05-14 07:06
Why was the largest manhunt in Burbank in twenty years after a suicidal FBI agent? And to say he's not dangerous, but don't approach him? This sounds very much like someone who found out too much to be permitted to stay alive. Something isn't right, a big piece of the story seems to be missing. It sure sounds like a set-up for a convenient suicide. I hope he's okay.
 
 
+4 # genierae 2012-05-14 09:26
I just googled Burbank newspapers and I got the Burbank Leader, burbankleader.c om. Still no answers as to why he is so "distraught" and why the FBI must be the first to talk to him. They are even using dogs in the search.
 
 
+1 # genierae 2012-05-15 09:02
I checked out the paper again this morning and they still haven't found him. To add to the mystery, a neighbor reported that she saw him late on Thursday eve before he disappeared the next morning. She said that he seemed "dazed and was staggering". Something is going on with the FBI, I pray that this man finds someone to help him. There was a similar episode that happened last year, where a man connected to the government was seen by witnesses to be dazed, one shoe missing, and I can't remember his name, or whether they found him. We don't even know what's going on in our own country, it might as well be Russia.
 
 
+12 # JSRaleigh 2012-05-14 09:59
It's a sad statement on the fate of our nation that the first question raised about almost anything that happens nowadays is "What are the police trying to cover up?"
 
 
+3 # noitall 2012-05-14 17:32
We're all just a bunch of damned realists.
 
 
+5 # CandH 2012-05-14 14:13
Um, that's uncanny. Everyone remember Bruce E. Ivins, the supposed "anthrax perpetrator" per the FBI's flawed science report that it was provided after his supposed suicide death? Here's a reminder and the questionable FBI science behind the FBIs assertion that he was the perpetrator: (http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/us/scientists-analysis-disputes-fbis-closing-of-anthrax-case-318361/.)

Uh, Ivins...Ivens? Just a little too close for comfort, no?
 

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