Body Of Missing FBI Agent Stephen Ivens Found In Burbank, Calif.

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on July 31 2012 5:08 PM

Police located the body of missing FBI agent Stephen Ivens behind a church in Burbank, Calif., Tuesday. The 35-year-old agent had been missing since early May.

Authorities have sent the remains to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office for confirmation, but feel rather certain it is Ivens.

The body was found by two hikers who caught a whiff of a suspicious odor Monday night behind a church on Scott Road in Burbank.

"Every indication is that it's Stephen Ivens," said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn, according to NBC's Los Angeles affiliate.

The agent's FBI colleagues and supervisor were reportedly at the site of the discovery. A weapon was also reportedly recovered, although the coroner's report has yet to determine the cause of death.

Ivens was last seen leaving his home on May 10. The avid hiker was believed to be distraught at the time of his disappearance. He was being treated for depression, according to Fox News. His initial disappearance prompted a massive but ultimately fruitless ground and air search. Ivens' disappearance also begat a Web site, letsbringstevehome.com.

He is survived by his wife and 1-year-old son.

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