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OR OWEN KLINGER: Missing from Portland, OR - 6 Oct 2019 - Age 18 *Found Deceased*

Discussion in 'Located/Resolved' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Oct 8, 2019.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    University of Portland freshman reported missing


    A University of Portland freshman is missing, and authorities are asking for help finding him.

    The university said Owen Klinger was last seen leaving Christie Hall, a residence hall on the North Portland campus, about 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

    It’s unusual for Klinger to go more than a day without contacting loved ones, authorities said.



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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    'All we want is for Owen to come home': University of Portland student has been missing since Sunday

    A University of Portland student has been reported missing by his family and friends.

    Owen Klinger, 18, has not been seen since 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6. He was last seen leaving Christie Hall on the UP campus, according to a news release from the university.

    On Tuesday, Owen's mother asked for help from the community to find her son.

    "We had exchanges on Saturday night," said Mary Klinger. "Everything seemed fine with him."

    Those who know Owen say it is unusual for him to go 24 hours without contacting anyone. Mary said Owen's phone has been off since Sunday evening.

    "One of the things he said he was going to do Sunday night that he didn’t do – was go to lacrosse practice," said Mary. "He was a little evasive when he was talking to his roommates – that he was going to practice, but he didn’t have his gear, and they asked him about that and he said, 'Well it’s a lacrosse meeting.' And then he didn’t go to that."

    Portland police released a surveillance image of Owen in the clothing he was last seen wearing Sunday evening.

    His mother said Owen left his main backpack and his laptop in his dorm room. He made an ATM withdrawal before he disappeared.

    "He just took a small drawstring backpack on his back, I don’t know what was in it," said Mary.

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  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Family members ask for help in search for missing University of Portland student

    Family members of a missing 18-year-old University of Portland student coordinated a search out of their Laurelhurst home Tuesday.

    Dozens of volunteers canvassed the city trying to find Owen Klinger, a first-year student at the University of Portland. University officials Monday asked for helping finding the teen, who they say was last seen leaving Christie Hall around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

    Officials and family members say it’s unusual for Owen to go more than a day without contacting people he knows. Mary Klinger, Owen’s mom, believes something is unusual.

    “This is not like him at all, he’s our middle child, he’s the peacekeeper and doesn’t rock the boat,” Mary said. “In his friend group, he gets them all together and gets things going, he’s a great kid.”

    When Owen’s roommates noticed he was gone, they alerted the university, which couldn’t find him either. Owen’s friends say it is incredibly unlike him to leave and not tell anyone.

    FOX 12 spoke with Owen’s roommate Justin Tong Tuesday night. Tong says he noticed Owen was missing and helped get the search underway.

    “I waited until like, one in the morning and he wasn’t back yet, so I just thought something was wrong,” Tong said. “He doesn’t do random things, he does things for a reason and it’s just incredibly difficult to imagine him doing some just random thing, just drop everything and leave without telling anybody at all.”

    Officials confirm Owen’s phone has shown zero activity since Sunday night. His family says they did discover an ATM withdrawal Sunday night, leaving them with nothing but questions.

    “It’s ridiculously terrible and, unimaginable,” Mary said. “I was really hoping that when I got out of bed this morning, that yesterday would have been just a nightmare that I was waking up from, but I didn’t sleep, so it wasn’t a dream that I was waking up from.”

    Mary is asking anyone who has seen or heard from her son to reach out.


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  4. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Friends and family are organizing search efforts. Owen’s mom says the U-of-P got a ping off Owen’s cell phone around 8:30 Sunday night, near a bus stop on the edge of campus. Police are working with TriMet to see if he got on a bus.

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  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Family of missing Portland student: No phone use in 3 days

    Family members of a missing 18-year-old University of Portland student say his cell phone hasn't been used since he was last seen.

    Police and university officials say Klinger, a UP freshman, was last seen leaving campus around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, in a blue hooded sweatshirt, jeans, sneakers and a drawstring backpack. He hasn't been seen or heard from since then.

    Surveillance video showed him near a TriMet bus stop, but he didn't take the bus, says the teen's mother, Mary Klinger.

    Mary Klinger said phone records show no activity from her son since Sunday evening. KOIN 6 News, the Portland Tribune's news partner, reported Klinger used an ATM reported Klinger used an ATM on campus to withdraw money, then headed out, but didn't tell his roommates exactly where he was going.

    Since he was reported missing, Klinger's family has established an email address — FindOwenK@gmail.com — to share information with friends, family and those who have shown support or helped search for Klinger. "We just want the message to be that Owen is loved and appreciated," his mother said. "We just love him and want him to be safe."

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  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Search for missing University of Portland student continues

    Hundreds of people packed a chapel on the University of Portland campus Thursday night to pray for student Owen Klinger’s safe return.

    “It’s overwhelming,” said Mary Klinger, Owen’s mom. “Really overwhelming and wonderful.”

    The freshman vanished Sunday night.

    Owen walked out of his dorm around 7:30 p.m. Fifteen minutes later he was at the campus ATM pulling out some cash. A few minutes after that, family says, Owen was captured on camera walking past a Trimet bus.

    “We think he was last seen walking on Portsmouth towards Lombard,” said Dustin Klinger, Owen’s dad. “We’ve had a lot of people canvassing that area.”

    There has been no sign of Owen. His parents keep thinking back to their last conversation with their son. It was Saturday night via text message. Everything seemed fine.

    “I asked him how he was doing because I knew midterms were this week,” said Mary. “He said he was feeling well, doing well.”

    Owen’s disappearance does not make sense to his family, friends, or the U of P community. They gathered at the campus chapel for songs and readings, with Owen top of mind. Then they lit candles and walked to the bell tower.

    “We are hoping for the best and the lights tonight show everyone is hoping for the best,” said Mary.



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  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    A community is still searching for a University of Portland freshman who went missing a week ago

    A search party of about 100 people combed through the areas surrounding the University of Portland this weekend, hoping to find anything that might lead to the freshman missing for more than a week.

    Teams scoured through North Portland, Oregon, covering the areas of Pier Park, Cathedral Park, Columbia Park, and Forest Park, CNN affiliate KOIN reported.


    Owen Klinger still missing after 1 week

    On Sunday dozens of volunteers were back out in Portland’s parks searching for Owen Klinger.

    Search teams have been systematically canvassing parts of the city, putting up flyers, and looking for any details that could help answer what happened to the missing University of Portland student. Early Sunday afternoon, the volunteers broke into groups at Peninsula Park in the northeast part of town.

    “We are still searching everywhere, trying to keep the energy up,” said Michelle Kinsella, a family friend from church. She described Klinger’s family as, “doing remarkably well under the circumstances—the support, their faith, and turnouts like this is really encouraging for them.”

    It has been a week since the 18-year-old was last seen leaving Christie Hall on the UP campus. He was wearing jeans, a hoodie, and had a drawstring backpack with him.

    Hundreds of flyers now blanket the city as friends and family staple his photo everywhere. Earlier this week, hundreds attended a candlelight vigil for Klinger.

    “This is so unlike Owen, and so baffling to everyone,” said Kinsella. “So we’re just doing what we can to support the family.”

    She described Klinger as a great kid who played lacrosse for the University of Portland. “Real curious, very sincere, and just the kind of person you want growing up in our world today.”

    Over the weekend, 4 teams of 10 to 15 people each meticulously picked through parks in north and northeast Portland, searching for anything that may offer any kind of answer.

    “We want to be very thorough. We want to make sure we’re looking everywhere,” said family friend Guilaume DeBergh. “It’s very difficult. It’s extremely difficult. I have a child and it’s very hard to know how they feel.”

    Those who want to help in the search effort can visit the “Find Owen Klinger Group” Facebook page or send an email to findowenk@gmail.com.

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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

  9. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Of course I don't know what happened to Owen, but it seems like he might have wanted to take a break. I'm hoping he is found safe and sound soon! There are so many places to hide in Oregon.
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  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Him withdrawing cash from the ATM is a good sign, IMO. Of course we don't know the amount though. A few hundred would be more encouraging that $20...
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  11. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Owen Klinger Missing: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

    1. There Is a Photograph of Klinger Leaving Campus

    The Find Owen Klinger Facebook page shared the above photos and wrote, “This is Owen leaving his dorm on Oct 6, 2019 and Owen on a sunny day☀️ Please help us find Owen! #findOwen.”

    2. Owen Was a Lacrosse Player But He Didn’t Show Up for Practice & Instead Withdrew Cash From an ATM

    According to KPTV, Klinger told his roommates that he was going to a lacrosse practice, but didn’t take his normal gear. He didn’t show up for practice, which is also considered unusual.

    Instead, it’s been documented that he withdrew cash from a campus ATM, although no one knows why. He was then seen briefly on another surveillance video nearby, but that was it.

    “He’s a great kid, very athletic, played lacrosse for University of Portland, just a real curious, very sincere kid, a real helper, and just the kind of person you want to be growing up in our world,” Kinsella said to KGWB.
    3. Klinger Was Getting Good Grades & Seemed Happy; He Was Described as Stable & Responsible

    Klinger’s disappearance has vexed investigators and left his family distraught. His mother told KPTV that he seemed happy and was getting good grades.

    Kaylee Deloye told KATU-TV that she was Owen’s workshop leader on campus in an effort designed to help freshmen with the transition to college. She didn’t notice anything amiss with Klinger.

    “Owen’s doing great. He’s one of my most constant, stable, responsible students,” said Deloye to the television station. “He seems to be doing great with his classes. And academically and emotionally is something I check in on with each of them, and there was never any alarm with him.”

    4. Owen’s Family Has Launched a Major Effort to Find Him

    Klinger is from a tight-knit family, and his parents have been front and center in the search efforts.

    “All we can ask is that you please keep an eye out,” Owen’s dad said in a video (above) shared on Facebook. His mother also shared a video, which you can see here.

    The family has also spoken publicly at a vigil.

    “We want Owen to know how much he’s loved by us, and this community,” Owen’s mother, Mary Klinger, said at that vigil. “We want him to know how much we love him, unconditionally.”

    5. A Candlelight Vigil Was Held at the University for Klinger

    “Last night our UP community came together for a candlelight vigil in support of student Owen Klinger. We turn to our faith during difficult times like these as we await news about Owen,” the university tweeted. “The UP community joins with the Klinger family in prayerful hope for Owen’s safe return.”

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    Owen Klinger’s parents release new information in search for missing Portland student

    Posted Oct 18, 2019
    By Jayati Ramakrishnan | The Oregonian/OregonLive

    Twelve days after Owen Klinger disappeared, the search for the missing University of Portland student continues. On Friday his parents and Portland police released new details about what the 18-year-old might have been doing before he disappeared, and which direction he might have been headed.
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  13. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Video Changes Search Area For Owen Klinger

    Video from a TriMet bus has helped Portland Police change the area they're searching for missing University of Portland freshman Owen Klinger.

    The video shows Klinger walking West on North Willamette Boulevard, not North as police previously released.

    Police are asking for the public's assistance with checking personal surveillance in the area from North Willamette to North Lombard Streets to North Fiske to North Ida Avenues on October 6th from 7:50 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    Police are also asking ride-share operators or individuals who recall picking someone up in the area who matches Owen's description, to contact investigators.


  14. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Police believe the last movie missing Oregon student watched before vanishing may hold clue to his disappearance

    According to Fox 12, Klinger was later seen walking in an area where freight trains are staged, and police reportedly believe this is among multiple clue that indicate Klinger may have left on his own.

    According to the report, investigators believe the college freshman had watched the film “Into the Wild”—about a young man who voluntarily goes off the grid—along with videos about hopping freight trains.


    Owen Klinger Update: Student Researched Train Hopping

    Owen Klinger, the missing University of Portland freshman, who seemingly vanished without a trace on October 6, 2019, had researched train hopping and watched the movie Into the Wild, Portland police said in a press release and video interview.

    That has led police to believe that it’s more likely that Klinger left on his own, a theory that the college lacrosse player’s family has pushed back against.

    “Investigators believe Owen had been watching videos about hopping freight trains. The direction he was walking was an area where freight trains are commonly staged. He had also watched the movie Into the Wild in which a young man leaves to go to Alaska to ‘go live off the grid,'” police wrote in the news release.

    Police pointed to two additional clues in arguing that they now think Klinger did not meet with foul play, at least initially; they say he misled his roommates about where he was going and turned off his cell phone. However, they later corrected the latter, saying “the phone has not been sending or receiving data,” according to KOIN.com, and they also now say he wad walking west on North Willamette Boulevard, not north as they originally stated. The television station reported that Owen’s mom says the train hopping videos are being over emphasized.

    “Those train-hopping videos were just one of 50 channels Owen had subscribed to on his YouTube feed,” Mary said to KOIN. “When we looked in his YouTube search history and his recent viewing history, we don’t see that he has even looked at those videos any time in the recent past.”

  15. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

  16. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Body recovered from Willamette River in NW Portland believed to be missing UP student

    A body recovered from the Willamette River in northwest Portland on Sunday afternoon is believed to be missing University of Portland student Owen Klinger, according to his family.

    The Portland Police Bureau reported Monday that the body was found in the area of the 9400 block of Northwest St. Helens Road near the St. Johns Bridge at 12:57 p.m. Sunday.

    The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office River Patrol Unit recovered the body and turned it over to the medical examiner.

    Police did not release the identity of the body or any further details, but Klinger’s family issued a statement Monday evening saying they have been contacted by officers.

    "Portland police have notified us that they have recovered a body that we believe is our son, Owen Klinger. We deeply appreciate the extraordinary effort and support that thousands of people have provided over the past two weeks. We now ask for privacy as we move forward with our healing process,” according to a family statement.

    University of Portland officials also released a statement Monday evening.

    “Based upon conversations with family representatives and law enforcement, the University joins the Klinger family in their belief that Owen, their son and our community member, has died,” the statement read. “An official statement from the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office confirming Owen’s death is forthcoming. Owen’s family has requested privacy at this time. May we all pray for Owen’s eternal rest, for consolation for his family and friends, and for abiding hope within our University community.”

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  17. GrandmaBear

    GrandmaBear Bronze Member

    Not what we were hoping to hear. So sorry for his family.

    I was hoping LE was right and he hopped a train and left voluntarily.
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  18. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I wonder what happened? Did he fall in?

    Prayers for his family. This is really sad.
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  19. spike

    spike Bronze Member


    Another young man found in a body of water!!
    Too many.
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  20. GrandmaBear

    GrandmaBear Bronze Member

    They sure have not said much yet. I do not see anything like suicide as he took money out of the ATM and apparently had plans. Unless plans or his night went bad or something.

    Yes, why is it so many college kids end up in water? And most of the ones I can think of are males. I have read theories in some areas where there have been a lot of them that some people believe it is a serial killer but not in the Portland area (that I know of anyhow).

    He took money out and seemed to lie to his friends about where he was going. To me that would appear he had plans...

    Whatever happened, another tragic loss and bereaved family RIP Owen.
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