Stephen Ivens of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been missing since May 11, and his wife is now seeking help in finding him after authorities called off the formal search.
Ivens has been with the FBI for more than three years, and his wife noted that he had been receiving treatment for depression. "He just hadn't been himself," she told reporters, and Ivens left his home on May 11 with his keys and standard FBI-issued pistol.
Police officials working with several other agencies, initially launched an intense search for Ivens, but after coming up empty, with no leads coming in, the search was called off. That's when Ivens' wife, Thea, decided to launch her own investigation and searches, with the next search scheduled for tomorrow.
"We can't do it alone," she said during a press conference. "My understanding is that if there are no leads, there are no searches. Lately there have not been any tips or leads."
Thea has established several online sites, including a Facebook page, in order to keep the public aware of Stephen's disappearance. She is hopeful that someone will recognize him and be able to provide the much-needed information to bring him home.
"I wanted the community to have awareness that my husband is still missing," Thea told the City News Service. "His birthday will be tomorrow. I somehow want him to see my message that we miss him and love him," she said on Wednesday.
Although the FBI and police have called off the searches, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller told the Burbank Leader that the investigation would continue "until Stephen Ivens is found. Many leads were generated based on the initial media coverage, as well as by fliers handed out to hikers and the FBI's publicity efforts."
"Steve is more than just a missing person," Thea wrote in a public letter. "He is a father, husband, a son, a brother, a nephew, a friend and a colleague in this community."
Anyone with information is encouraged to call (818) 238-3000 or (310) 477-6565.