Owen Klinger still missing after 1 week

Missing Persons

Hundreds of flyers now blanket the city as friends and family staple his photo everywhere

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — 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.”

University of Portland student Owen Klinger captured by campus surveillance (left) on the day he went missing, Oct. 6, 2019. (Courtesy of the University of Portland)

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.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the University of Portland police — 503.943.7161 — or the Portland Police Bureau, 503.823.3333.

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