PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The search to find Owen Klinger is back on, one day after his parents held a press conference to discuss his disappearance.
Search parties set out at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning in and around downtown Portland. Owen was last seen walking on North Willamette Boulevard near the intersection of North Portsmouth Avenue and North Lombard Street, police said.
Owen Klinger vanished on the evening of Sunday, Oct. 6 after he told his friends he was off to a team meeting.
In Friday’s press conference, the parents of missing University of Portland student said the Portland Police Bureau got some facts wrong, including where their son was last seen.
Mary clarified on Friday, saying police had Owen’s last known location wrong in the beginning. The PPB originally said Owen was last seen walking north on North Willamette Boulevard.
Police released video taken by a TriMet bus that was in the area of North Willamette Street and North Portsmouth Avenue on the night Owen disappeared. Officers said the video showed Owen was actually walking west on North Willamette Boulevard.
“The video shows Owen in a different place than they were claiming and that they based their big belief and theory on,” Mary said. “The video of the bus shows Owen walking from campus, crossing Portsmouth and heading toward St. Johns.”
The 18-year-old did not attend any team meetings, according to detectives, but instead withdrew money from a campus ATM and left campus around 7:50 p.m. that night.
Police originally said Owen turned his cellphone off after leaving the ATM but they corrected that statement on Friday, saying the phone has not been sending or receiving data.
“All we can say and all [the PPB] can say is that the phone is not sending or receiving calls or texts now,” Mary said. “There’s no way to tell if Owen turned it off or if it ran out of battery or if it’s just out of range, or any of that.”
The Portland Police Bureau is asking people who live or work in the area from North Willamette to North Lombard Streets to North Fiske to North Ida Avenues to check their personal surveillance from Oct. 6 from 7:50 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Mary said that while she and her husband hope their son simply got on a train and headed to the beach, they can’t help considering far worse possibilities.
“The not knowing is really, really, really hard,” she said. “We need everyone’s help.”
If you know where Owen might be, call 911.