No evidence of foul play in Owen Klinger death, police say

By Madison Pfeifer | October 30, 2019 12:42pm

Portland Police say there is no evidence of foul play in the Owen Klinger case. Photo courtesy of the Klinger family.

No further information will be released about the cause of death of University of Portland freshman Owen Klinger by Portland Police or the Multnomah County Medical Examiner.

Klinger’s body was found in the Willamette River near the St. Johns Bridge on Oct. 20, two weeks after he went missing.

“The Medical Examiner has conducted an autopsy and positively identified the deceased as Owen Klinger,” Kate Wilson, communications coordinator for Multnomah County said in a statement to The Beacon Wednesday. “No further information will be released in accordance with ORS 192.345(36), which exempts the release of these records to the public.”

Portland Police said there is no public safety threat related to Klinger’s death.

“We have found no evidence of foul play,” said Portland Police Public Information Officer Lt. Brad Yakots.

“There is a detective still assigned and we will always take additional information if a community member has any to give to the bureau,” Yakots said.

Maddie Pfeifer is the News and Managing Editor for The Beacon. She can be reached at