Missing teen Doug Faoa found safe after 3 weeks


The 16-year-old went missing out of Clackamas County

Doug Faoa went missing in Clackamas County on Oct. 10, 2019. (Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 16-year-old boy missing since Oct. 10 from Clackamas County has been found safe.

The Department of Human Services confirmed Doug Faoa had been found on Thursday. No further details have been released.

Faoa apparently left the Inn Home for Boys to go for a walk and never returned. He was seen at the O.C. Point shopping center in Oregon City, near Clackamas Community College, around 4 p.m. the same day. Police said someone from a church who didn’t realize he was missing gave him a ride to the shopping center.

His caretakers believed he was heading for the Clackamas Town Center and was due back around 9 p.m.

His foster mom, Carol Palmer, told KOIN 6 News Doug has been living with her for nearly 3 years and was attending South Albany High School.

Palmer said Doug had been having some emotional issues and his caseworker took him to the Portland area Oct. 10 to check him into a 3-month treatment program at the Inn Home for Boys off Southeast 72nd Avenue near Johnson Creek.

Palmers said the caseworker emailed her the next morning, saying Doug had been given permission to go on a walk when he arrived at the treatment facility but he never returned. DHS confirmed Doug was allowed out for a walk. The treatment house for about 14 boys is not a locked facility.

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