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- A city-wide search is on for a University of Portland freshman who went missing this weekend.
- Owen Klinger, 18, was last seen leaving his dorm room at 8:30 pm on Sunday. Klinger had reportedly told his roommates he was leaving for practice on the lacrosse team, but he never arrived.
- Klinger’s parents say it’s rare for him to go more than 24 hours without contacting someone, so by late Monday they reported him missing.
- Portland police are combing through surveillance footage of local businesses but have thus far been unable to find any trace of Klinger.
- Police said his phone has remained inactive since a ping detected on the edge of the school’s campus late Sunday night. Klinger’s mother said she received an alert her son had withdrawn cash from an ATM that evening.
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Portland police and dozens of students are searching for a University of Portland first-year lacrosse player who went missing Sunday night.
Owen Klinger, 18, was last seen leaving Christie Hall on the school’s campus around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. His friends and family say Klinger rarely goes more than 24 hours without contacting someone, and by Monday, no one had heard from him. Worried, his family reported him missing Monday evening. On Thursday, there was still no sign of the first-year student.
“This is not like him at all,” Klinger’s mother Mary told Fox12. “In his friend group, he gets them all together and gets things going, he’s a great kid.”
On Monday, the University of Portland’s Facebook page asked the community to reach out with any information they may have about his whereabouts.
“UP shares in the concern of Owen’s family, roommates and friends in seeking knowledge of his whereabouts,” the post read. “For Owen to go more than 24 hours without any contact with those who know him is unusual.”
By the middle of the week, dozens of University of Portland students and local residents banded together to search the surrounding area.
At least 50 people are out searching and putting up flyers for missing @UPortland student Owen Klinger. This is a map of the area they’re canvassing around the university. Anyone who knows where he is should call 911. pic.twitter.com/EeFoeqaTg4
— Audrey Weil (@audreytweil) October 9, 2019
In an attempt to cover more ground, Klinger’s father, Dustin, and a family friend, even used a camera-equipped drone to survey the land.
Dustin Klinger, father of missing University of Portland student Owen Klinger, and a family friend are out using a drone today to look for anything that might help them find Owen. Dustin says the past three nights have been hellish not knowing where his son is. @fox12oregon pic.twitter.com/MCoFYh5r6m
— Drew Reeves (@DrewReevesTV) October 9, 2019
Portland police told Fox12 they had yet to uncover any substantial leads but were combing through surveillance footage of local businesses on the off chance they might spot Klinger. Police released surveillance footage of Klinger leaving his dorm Sunday evening, where he could be seen wearing jeans and a hoodie and carrying a small backpack.
— FOX 12 Oregon KPTV (@fox12oregon) October 8, 2019
The only other clues in the case so far is a ping of Klinger’s cell phone detected on the edge of Portland’s campus on Sunday and an ATM withdrawal that same night.
Suspicion about Klinger’s wherabouts among his friends and family began Sunday when he skipped his lacrosse practice, KPTV reported.
Mary Klinger said her son told his roommates he was leaving for practice but tried to leave the dorm without his gear. When his roommates asked him about the missing gear, Klinger reportedly told his roommates that he was actually going to “a meeting” but was evasive when asked where it was located.
Justin Tong, one of Klinger’s roommates, told KPTV he nervously waited for Klinger’s return but felt that something was wrong.
“I waited until like, one in the morning and he wasn’t back yet, so I just thought something was wrong,” Tong told KPTV. “He doesn’t do random things, he does things for a reason, and it’s just incredibly difficult to imagine him doing some just random thing, just drop everything and leave without telling anybody at all.”
Anyone with knowledge of Klinger’s whereabouts is instructed to contact Portland police. Klinger’s family has also set up an email to field any other tips: firstname.lastname@example.org.