BURBANK, California – After two months of hopeful searching that ended with a tragic discovery last week, a Filipina American wife is grieving the death of her husband.
Thea Ivens led a prayer vigil at the church near the hills where the body of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent Stephen Ivens was found.
“It’s just my hope that one day I’ll hear the keys jiggling in my doorway. I still have that vision that one day he’s going to come home,” she said.
A three-day service began Thursday night in memory of Stephen, a Federal Agent who had mysteriously disappeared at a hiking trail near his Burbank home last May. His wife had been leading search efforts to find him.
A pair of hikers discovered his body last week, and coroners have confirmed that Stephen died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Reports show that the former police officer had been diagnosed with depression brought about by work-related stress, shortly before he left his home.
Stephen is said to have brought only his work-issued gun and house keys. But until now, Thea couldn’t believe her husband simply committed suicide, and why it took over two months to find his body. She wants to find out how long his remains had been at the location and she seeks more information about this tragedy.
“Self inflicted gunshot wound that’s what I said. I still have to check it out because I have to do my due diligence. I haven’t seen the reports yet but our family will try to get reports. Its public information, we’ll get it eventually,” she explained.
The vigil was attended by Iven’s friends from the Los Angeles police department (LAPD) and the FBI.
They recalled how he came from Boston to Los Angeles to pursue a law enforcement career and how he eventually met Thea online. They remember his truthfulness, kindness and courage.
“Steve had that courage and I envied him for it and I respected,” said Jaime Gonzales who worked with Stephen in the LAPD.