Happy Valley ‘endangered’ teen missing since August 26

Clackamas County

Benjamin Kenton Otis, 14, last seen wearing t-shirt, shorts, Nikes

14-year-old Benjamin Kenton Jenkins of Happy Valley has been missing since August 26 and Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is hoping the public can help find him (undated photo courtesy Lenni Jenkins).

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 14-year-old boy who lives in Happy Valley has been missing for over a week and Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office–and the boy’s mother–is asking the public’s help to locate him.

Benjamin Kenton Jenkins was last seen around midnight on Saturday, August 26, wearing a black t-shirt with a skater logo, gray athletic shorts and white Nike shoes, officials said.

Lenni Jenkins, Benjamin’s mother, said he was last seen in his home in Happy Valley and apparently snuck out of his room between 12:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. on August 26.

“He’s a very gentle, kind, loving, sensitive kid,” Lenni said. “This is completely, completely out of character for him.”

After her son went missing, Lenni said she contacted friends and parents of friends to try and find any leads, but found none.

14-year-old Benjamin Kenton Jenkins of Happy Valley has is described by his mother as being a kind and gentle person. She’s urging the public to put forward any info they might have about his location (undated photo courtesy CCSO).

She said Benjamin was going through an emotionally trying time and came to find out he may have talked with friends about wanting to end his own life and going to a hidden bridge somewhere.

“I just want everybody to know that we love our son very much. And we’re very worried about him. We want to help him get through whatever it is he’s dealing with,” Lenni said. “We would just appreciate it if everybody could just keep his name out there and his picture out there and if they know something, to please come forward.”

Benjamin is identified by her mother as being biracial. He is without life-saving medication, a blood-clotting factor called Eloctate.

Authorities want to hear from anyone who’s had contact with Benjamin since that last known sighting at his home. He may be in the Happy Valley area.

If you see Benjamin, call 911. If you know his wherabouts, you can call the non-emergency line at 503-655-8211 or leave a tip at 503-723-4949 or on Clackamas County Sheriff’s website–please reference CCSO Case # 20-018231.

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