BURBANK, California - About a month ago, search dogs picked up the last known traces of FBI agent Stephen Ivens. His scent was last found at Strough Nature Center, about three miles away from his home where he and his Filipina wife Thea live with their 2-year-old son Kyle.
Thea tearfully shared that her son has been looking for his father everyday.
“He has been asking for his daddy everyday and its hard. I really try to come up with an answer that would fit the situation. I just tell him that we just pray and hope that daddy will come home soon. That's all I can tell him,” she said.
The FBI national security special agent vanished mysteriously on May 11, 2012. The FBI along with local police searched for 12 days without any luck.
Thea said Stephen, a former Los Angeles police officer turned FBI Special Agent, had been diagnosed with depression due to some unspecified incidents while working for the FBI. The FBI had ruled out foul play for now.
Stephen is described as an athletic white male, 6’1” tall and weighs 160 lb. His 36th birthday was on June 14.
Thea celebrated her husband's birthday by asking the public to help reunite their family.
Stephen is an active runner and is believed to be wearing a pair of blue and gray Reebok shoes when he disappeared. The only items he reportedly brought with him were his house and car keys, as well as his work-issued gun.
"It's impossible that no one had seen him or no one knew something about his disappearance. He couldn't have just disappeared without a trace it's impossible for me to perceive that," Thea said.
She added that as part of his therapy, Stephen would write gratitude letters and that everything was normal on the eve of his disappearance. But she did find a gratitude letter from him on the morning he disappeared.
She admits that the letter showed some hints of his depression but she believes it was not a suicide note and he had every intention to return home.
"I can't lose hope that he's alive. I know there's a glaring detail that he brought a gun with him. But he also brought his keys, our home keys. So I cannot lose sight that he brought his keys with him and he intends to come home," she said.
As the FBI continues to look for leads and tips, Thea has since launched her own search effort with the help of social media and the website http://www.letsbringstevehome.com/