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78 Days

Kelly Snyder, Claudia Shmitz, Sharon Reinhardt, Dan Baldwin, Claudia Shmitz, Sharon Reinhardt, Dan Baldwin, Rick and Gloria Snider, Bob and Terri Davies were part of the Find Me and the Arizona Search Track and Rescue (AZ-STAR) group that volunteered from Arizona.

Find Me & AZ-STAR
Find Me & AZ-STAR

The AZ-STAR dogs that helped in our search for Steve or even clues were YuHu, a Siberian Husky; Stryker, a Belgian Tervuren; and Spenser , a Black Labrador. My little munchkin was able to meet them but he’s a little scared of big dogs. They’re lovely dogs, though.


I kept in touch with Kelly and he told me that they’re home safe but just finished doing a search for an Continue reading “78 Days”

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70 Days

Mass Media.

Why am I still reaching out to the press?

I was talking to one of the sergeants at the Burbank Police Department a month ago about the leads that the Volunteers had gathered. He asked me, why is it that the person who might have seen Steve did not call the BPD or even the FBI. I simply told him, “He didn’t know that Steve is a Missing Person.”

There is no awareness.

Steve in Virgina
Steve in Virginia

A lot of people that I know who doesn’t even entertain conspiracy theories are wondering why is that there is no interest from the media at the Continue reading “70 Days”

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60 Days

We believe in the power of prayers.

My family and friends are gathering together at McCambridge Park- green gazebo in front of the playground to hold a prayer vigil for the safe return of my husband, Steve who has been missing for almost 2 months . July 11 will be the 2nd month (62 days) mark of the time he’d been missing.

Flying Together
Flying Together
I’m inviting the Burbank community, parish communities, everyone of religion and denomination to join us. You’re welcome to invite your family and friends, too.

If you’re out of State or in another country, we’ll appreciate if you hold a prayer with a group or with your own family at 7PM, Pacific Standard Time with the intention of bringing back home Steve safely to our family and friends.Thank you.


There’s an 8AM mass at St. Francis Xavier Church with the special intention for the safe return of my husband, Steve. You’re welcome to join me and my family in that mass if you’re available.

St. Francis Xavier Church location:

3801 Scott Road Burbank, CA 91504

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52 Days


That’s the kind of attitude that I’d encountered in my search for my husband, Steve.

“How could anyone abandon their child?”

“Are you two having problems at home? He has probably taken a time out. Just wait for him, he’ll eventually come home.”

“Is he happy with her?” (Someone asking my relative)

“He had taken a gun with him? I hope not but it looks like he did it.”

“A lot of people searched the mountains for him, he’s probably not there (Verdugo mountain).”

“Apparently he doesn’t want to be found, just let it go.”

“Just take care of your child instead of looking for him. He’ll get around.”

“He’s depressed? Anyone can get depressed.”

“Problems at work? That’s normal. I get problems at work, too.”

“There are no signs of foul play.”

“So, he just walked out.”

“You just have to wait until someone finds him in the mountains.” (Meaning due to decomposition)

“It’s a waste of time putting up flyers.”

“So, there are sightings. People had found him then.”(Meaning there’s no need for any more searches)

“He’s FBI. He can take care of himself.”

“He’s FBI. He’s on a mission.”

Steve In Boracay
Steve In Boracay

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51 Days

Kelly Jolkowski, the Founder & President of Project Jason is helping me & my family to keep the awareness going that my husband, Steve is still missing. They have a program called, 18 Wheels Angels which, “is an all volunteer program in which truck drivers volunteer their time and resources to help locate missing loved ones. Target Media Partners works with Project Jason to provide additional assistance for families of the missing by publishing the photos and information for each featured campaign in their monthly magazines, Through the Gears, TruckJobSeekers, and Independent Contractor. These publications have a circulation of 150,000, and can be found at truckstops and other businesses nationwide.”

Steve's Missing Person Flyer On Location
Steve’s Missing Person Flyer On Location

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46 Days

I talked to Detective Gordon who is the lead detective on this case. Because of the leads we got from Let’s Bring Steve Home Volunteer Search Activity from the past two weekends, the BPD are now following this up. They’ll be sending out again a new all-points bulletin or BOLO’s (be on the look out) to the other law enforcement agencies and focusing on the San Fernando Valley.

Searching For Steve
Searching For Steve

There were concerns raised by the volunteers on how fast the response would be if just in case, there would be a live sightings about Steve. Meaning, a search volunteer saw Steve right there and then. Detective  Gordon assured me that Burbank Police Department would definitely respond immediately if they call the phone number listed on the flyer: (818) 238-3000.

Our goal is ultimately to bring Steve home safely but we also have these other goals that there’ll be an actual physical search activity and now it’s starting to happen again. I owe that to all the volunteers who had participated. Continue reading “46 Days”

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45 Days

“An astounding 2,300 Americans are reported missing every day, including both adults and children.”~ America’s Missing by David Krajicek

I’d never thought that Steve will be part of that number. I’d never thought that our family will experience this. But one thing I can say is that the urgency to find a loved one whether it’s a child or an adult should be the same.

Stephen Ivens
Stephen Ivens

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44 Days

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”~ Maya Angelou

Today, I want to list down what I’m grateful for at the moment:

  1. I’m grateful for the Lets Bring Steve Home search volunteers that helped us from last weekend & today. The willingness of Sierra Madre Search & Rescue Team & the G.I. Joe Search & Rescue Team to go above & beyond their call of duty.

    GI JOE Search & Rescue Team
    GI JOE Search & Rescue Team
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43 Days

You’ll never know what tomorrow will bring.

Tomorrow morning at 7AM, there’ll be more than a dozen volunteers – made up of family and friends as well as concerned citizens who will come together to post missing person fliers and search for my husband,  Stephen “Steve” Ivens who was last seen at our home last May 10. The search volunteers will be divided into three groups: The first will focus on the Verdugo Mountains, the second will go to homeless shelters, soup kitchens and train stations around the San Fernando Valley area, and the last will hit Griffith Park trails. The search party will assemble at McCambridge Park at 7 a.m. before leaving for their assigned search locations.

Ready For Tomorrow
Ready For Tomorrow

We’re lucky enough that G.I. Joe Search & Rescue Team will be joining us to help locate Steve and CBS-LA will be covering this voluntary search activity.

You’re very much welcome to join us to pick up flyers & post it at assigned areas or within your vicinity even if you can’t hike with us. Not everyone will be hiking.

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42 Days

We’re organizing a voluntary search party to search for Steve & post flyers this coming Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 7:00am until 5:00pm,  McCambridge Park, 1515 North Glenoaks Boulevard, Burbank, CA. Meeting place will be at the picnic tables in front of the playground.

Stough Wildwood Verdugo
Stough Wildwood Verdugo

Group A: Verdugo mountains, 2-3 people per trail

Group B: homeless shelters, soup kitchens, telephone booth at Sunland, Tujunga, Glendale, Burbank, North Hollywood, La Crescenta, San Fernando.

Group C: Griffith Park trails if there are more people coming in

Please indicate if you’ll be able to go to the Verdugo mountain.

Need to bring: proper clothing attire (check the weather), hiking boots/ rubber shoes, swiss knife/scissors to cut tape, 1st aid kit, sunscreen, hat, walking stick, whistle, camera, binoculars.

We’ll provide: We’ll provide flyers, maps, waters & granola bars, duct tape to post the flyers.