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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Stephen Ivens: The Missing FBI Agent

     Stephen Ivens, a 35-year-old FBI agent assigned to the Los Angeles Field Division, has been missing since he walked away from his Burbank home on the morning of May 11, 2012. Blood hounds traced his scent to the Verdugo Mountains where a search party of FBI agents, local police, and volunteers have been looking for him.

     Ivens, a married father of a toddler, has been an FBI agent a little more than 3 years. Before joining the bureau Ivens had been a Los Angeles police officer. The white, 6 foot, 160 pound bespectacled agent worked on counterterrorism cases. According to an FBI spokesperson, Ivens was not having difficulties on the job, or under any kind of disciplinary action. Because his FBI-issued revolver is also missing, Ivens was presumably armed when he left his house that morning.

     According to news reports, Special Agent Ivens had been depressed and distraught. This has led to speculation that he was suicidal, and is probably dead by his own hand. A suicidal person walking into the wilderness to kill himself is not, without more, a national news story. The Stephen Ivens missing persons case has attracted media attention because he's an FBI agent. The fact he worked on cases related to counterterrorism, while in reality is tedious, unglamorous work, adds a hint of intrigue and the potential of foul play.

     Anything is possible. Stephen Ivens could be found alive in the woods, or somewhere else. He might come home on his own. If found dead, chances are Mr. Ivens was killed by the elements, or by suicide. In cases like this, murder is rare. (Ray Gricar, the prosecutor in Pennsylvania related to the Jerry Sandusky pedophile case, has been missing for several years. While Mr. Gricar had been depressed, and probably killed himself, murder has not been ruled out.)

     People who kill themselves, rarely do it because of their job or profession. Suicide is usually the product of loss related to money, health, or family in combination with mental illness. The suicide rates of law enforcement personnel are probably no higher than that of plumbers, accountants, or school teachers. Since 2008, an average of 142 police officers a year have killed themselves. The vast majority of these suicides involved service weapons, occurred off-duty, and were committed by men between the ages 35 to 40. According to the Badge of Life Organization, 64 percent of these suicides came as a surprise.

     Since 1993, 22 FBI agents have committed suicide. In 2005, veteran Los Angeles FBI agent Wendy Woskoff killed herself. She was 54, and married to an FBI agent. In April 2011, an FBI agent assigned to the Boston division killed himself in Portland, Maine. He was in his early 50s.

     If the Stephen Ivens case turns out to be one of suicide, the story will be one of desperation and mental illness. It will have nothing to do with the FBI. 

11 comments:

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    1. Agreed, this article is garbage!

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  2. I think this agent knows something, and that "something" has got people wanting him dead to silence him ... 100 agents -- that is a clue, isn't it?

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  3. How do they know it had nothing to do with the FBI....and the author assumes it's desperation and mental illness? What an idiotic author. The FBI is too powerful and too corrupt. I wouldn't put "offing" this guy past them if he's anti-management.

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  4. If you delve a little deeper into this story, you might find this... www.eutimes.net/2012/05/fbi-agent-fleeing-massive-manhunt-warns-theyre-all-insane/

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  5. My my, what a twisted world we live in... also found this http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/European_Union_Times

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    1. The real Wikipedia is barley credible, now you think a joke wiki is? Nice find. It completely disproves...nothing.

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  6. Is this a whistleblower cover-up? Ivens former partner, Donald Sachtleben mentioned by Ivens, who also knew about this impending “plot,” was arrested within hours of Ivens disappearing and charged with trading child pornography.

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  7. too me, this seems like it was writen by someone in the FBI to tell people that this had NOTHING too do with the FBI, this is a case of depression straight out. it totally fails to mention Vladimir Vinokurov, the Russian the Consulate General of San Francisco was approached near his hotel room during a visit to Los Angles by an FIB agent who identified him self as Stephen Ivens..
    http://www.ozyism.com/2012/06/fbi-agent-fleeing-massive-manhunt-warns.html?m=1 read that one. makes a little more sense

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  8. Have ever worked for the FBI??? It causes all the stress, anxiety, and depression!!! Get a freakin clue. These agents committing suicide is due to the job and what they have to put up with from fellow agnets, bosses, and cases. IT HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THE FBI!!

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  9. In following this case very close, I am assuming he was killed. No one could find him? Yet he was in back of a Church and on going school? No one ever smelled the body? Come on, he was placed there by the good old boys. He was a true catholic and catholics do not kill themselves. He had a baby and beautiful wife. Life was good for him. He did not have depression, he found out something and was taken down. Just like the Hollywood movies we see all the time.
    I know this I am Certified Psychic and I know he did not kill himself.

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