Additional details released in search for missing University of Portland student

Owen Klinger has not been seen since leaving his dorm room Oct. 6

PORTLAND — The investigation continues into the disappearance of Owen Klinger, the 18-year-old student at the University of Portland. Detectives assigned to the bureau’s Missing Persons Unit have interviewed family and friends of Owen. 

The investigation continues into the disappearance of Owen Klinger, the 18-year-old student at the University of Portland. Photo courtesy of Portland Police Bureau
The investigation continues into the disappearance of Owen Klinger, the 18-year-old student at the University of Portland. Photo courtesy of Portland Police Bureau

Members of the Portland Police Burean Detective Division have conducted interviews and have reviewed video evidence concerning the disappearance of Owen. This is a coordinated effort with the University of Portland and Owen’s family and friends.

Klinger left the University of Portland campus on Sun., Oct. 6, at 7:50 p.m. Owen told his friends that he was going to a team meeting. Detectives were able to confirm that Owen did not attend any team meeting nor was one scheduled.

Based on the investigation, it is known Owen withdrew money from an ATM on campus. He then turned off his cell phone before leaving campus. He is observed walking on North Willamette Boulevard at North Portsmouth Avenue towards North Lombard Street. Investigators believe he continued north towards North Columbia Boulevard on foot.

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.”

Owen’s phone is still turned off. Furthermore, detectives have not received any viable tips in this case. No evidence of foul play has not been discovered. Investigators remain committed to finding Owen and seeing his safe return to his loved ones.

PPB would like to thank the community for their efforts by participating in the many organized search groups.

This photo of Owen Klinger shows the actual clothes he was wearing the evening he disappeared after leaving his dorm room. Photo courtesy of Portland Police Bureau
This photo of Owen Klinger shows the actual clothes he was wearing the evening he disappeared after leaving his dorm room. Photo courtesy of Portland Police Bureau

To reiterate, the picture of Owen facing away from the camera in this release shows the actual clothes he was wearing that Sunday evening.

Bureau investigators and University of Portland officials are still working in a coordinated effort however Detective Lori Fonken is the lead on this case. She can be reached at (503) 823-1081 and at missing@portlandoregon.gov.

Information about the Missing Persons Unit can be found at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/549803

Owen is 6-foot-1, 165 pounds and was last seen wearing light-blue hooded sweatshirt, jeans and a drawstring backpack..

School officials say it’s unusual for him to go more than a day without contacting loved ones.

Anyone that has information regarding Owen’s whereabouts is asked to immediately call 9-1-1.

Information provided by Portland Police Bureau.

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