BURBANK: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials and other law enforcement personnel were searching a rugged mountain area for an FBI agent who was last seen early Friday and was said to be despondent and possibly suicidal.
Special Agent Stephen Ivens was last seen by family members Thursday evening, KABC-TV reported. He left his Burbank home the next morning on foot and hasn't been seen since, FBI officials said at a news conference.
Ivens was distraught and authorities fear he may have harmed himself, according to KABC-TV.
A search of his home did not turn up his handgun and police believe he may have taken it with him.
About 40 sheriff's department rescuers were participating in the search for Ivens, who was described as an avid hiker and runner. Investigators believe he could be in the rugged Verdugo Mountains, east of Burbank.
Ivens was described by FBI colleagues as well liked. He has been working for the FBI for the past three years in the national security area.
Stephen Gomez of the FBI told reporters that foul play was not suspected and Ivens was not believed to pose a threat to others.