According to our news partner KGW, the parents of missing University of Portland student Owen Klinger believe a body found Sunday in the Willamette River near the St. Johns Bridge is their son.
Mary and Dustin Klinger released the following statement Monday evening:
“Portland police have notified us that they have recovered a body that we believe is our son, Owen Klinger. We deeply appreciate the extraordinary effort and support that thousands of people have provided over the past two weeks. We now ask for privacy as we move forward with our healing process.”
The body was found in the river near the 9400 block of Northwest St. Helens Road on Sunday afternoon. The person’s cause of death has not been released.
Klinger left the University of Portland campus on Sunday, Oct. 6. He told his friends he was going to a lacrosse team meeting. Police learned that there was not a team meeting scheduled. Instead, he left the UP campus at 7:50 p.m. He turned off his phone and withdrew $150 from an ATM on campus.
Family, friends and volunteers searched for Klinger for weeks. Mary Klinger, Owen’s mother, said everyone was baffled by his disappearance.