Owen Klinger- Oregon- 2019 Oct 20, 2019 1:35:03 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Oct 20, 2019 1:35:03 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: oregonlive.com via University of Oregon's Facebook page)
Missing Child or Young Adult Profile as of October 20th, 2019: (Based on Live PD on A&E "missing" segment)
Weight: 165 lbs
TIPS: Anyone having information should call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)
Twelve days after Owen Klinger disappeared, the search for the missing University of Portland student continues. On Friday his parents and Portland police released new details about what the 18-year-old might have been doing before he disappeared, and which direction he might have been headed.
Klinger was last seen around 7:50 p.m. on Oct. 6, leaving his dorm and walking at the edge of the University of Portland campus. Klinger was wearing a blue hoodie and carrying a drawstring bag. Before he left, he had withdrawn about $150 from an ATM.
Mary and Dustin Klinger, Owen’s mother and father, held a news conference at their home Friday afternoon and said that earlier in the day, they had reviewed footage from the TriMet bus in North Portland that their son was believed to have walked past before he disappeared.
The footage shows the person believed to be Klinger walking in a different direction than previously reported. The footage shows that he walked west on North Willamette Boulevard, toward St. Johns. Previously, police had reported that Klinger was walking north on Willamette at North Portsmouth Avenue, toward North Lombard Street.
Dustin Klinger said they would be going to businesses and residents on North Willamette to ask if they have video footage or had seen anything.
He said he didn’t know why police had waited so long to release the video from TriMet — previously, they had some video from nearby businesses, but it was less clear. Watching the TriMet video, Dustin Klinger said, he was about 80% sure that the person shown is his son.
So far, family and friends have covered large areas of Portland searching for items Klinger was wearing or had with him when he disappeared. Another search is planned for Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at Northwest Eighth Avenue and Northwest Glisan Street. Volunteers are asked to bring photo identification.
Mary Klinger said the police on Friday had begun requesting cellphone records for her son and were doing a forensic search of his computer. She said they still likely wouldn’t be able to read the content of his messages but are hoping they’ll be able to see who he was contacting. She said shortly before his phone went dark, he was in a series of group texts, but thus far, they have not been able to identify who he was texting with.
The Klingers said there are still several theories about what happened to their son, but at this point, they don’t have any clues.
Earlier in the week, police said Owen Klinger had been watching videos about train-hopping, as well as “Into the Wild,” a movie about going to live “off the grid.” Klinger’s parents are still skeptical of that theory, as they said the train-hopping videos were among the dozens of YouTube channels he subscribed to, and according to his browser history, he hadn’t watched one of those videos anytime recently. His parents also said that “Into the Wild” was one of several movies he and friends had watched the weekend before he disappeared.
"I pray he’s on a train somewhere,” Dustin Klinger said. “But it just never made sense to me.”
The Klingers said their son also told his roommates conflicting stories about where he was going before he left. Initially, Mary Klinger said, he told his roommates that he was going to lacrosse practice. When his roommates pointed out that he didn’t have any gear with him, Mary Klinger said he told them that he was going to a team meeting.
Police reported that there was no University of Portland team meeting on the night Klinger said he was going to attend one.
“So that’s concerning,” Dustin Klinger said. “We think he may have gone to meet someone.”
But, he said, the way his son was dressed indicates he didn’t plan to be gone for long — and he had made plans to study with a roommate after the meeting.
Klinger’s parents also said he might have witnessed a crime on campus that might have made him concerned.
“We don’t know for sure,” Dustin Klinger said. “We know Owen wasn’t accused, and wasn’t directly involved — but there may have been something that could have caused him worry about one of his friends.” The Klingers didn’t elaborate and referred other questions about the matter to police.
Police did not immediately confirm whether there was a crime committed on the university campus in the days or hours leading up to Klinger’s disappearance. Dustin Klinger said police have known that information since the beginning of the investigation.
Klinger’s parents maintain that this behavior is out of character for their son.
“From our own investigation of Owen’s computer, he wasn’t in distress and is super connected to his family and friends,” Mary Klinger said.
Thoughts? I am placing Owen's case in the "Missing on TV" section since his disappearance was profiled on last night's "Missing" segment on A&E's Live PD. Tom Morris interviewed Dustin Klinger (Owen's father) for the segment: m.twitter.com/OfficialLivePD/status/1185760933605343233?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet
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