Missing student's mother seeks help in finding son

By Madison Pfeifer | October 8, 2019 11:11am

Photo provided by Fr. John Donato.

UPDATED at 2:51 p.m.

Concern is growing for a University of Portland student who has been missing since Sunday night.

Owen Klinger, 18, was last seen leaving Christie Hall at around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, according to a campus-wide email sent Monday night from Vice President for Student Affairs Fr. John Donato. Tuesday afternoon his mother Mary Klinger spoke to Portland media from the family's Portland home and said she thought he had been doing well at UP.

"Our exchanges with him, as I said over the weekend, and this fall has been really positive about his on campus life and activities that he was joining in on campus," said Mary Klinger, Owen's mother.

She asked for the public's help in finding him.


According to Director of Public Safety Sara Westbrook, there is no reason to suspect foul play at this time.

Klinger’s roommates were surprised when he did not return to the dorm Sunday.

“Usually if he’s out this late, he would tell us where he’s going,” Justin Tong, one of Klinger’s roommates in Christie said.

Austen Pellicano, Klinger’s other roommate, added that Klinger is usually back in their dorm room around 10 or 11 each night.

Tong said he saw and spoke with Klinger Sunday night near Dundon-Berchtold Hall. Tong said Klinger told him he needed to stop at the ATM by the bookstore. They walked towards the bookstore together before Tong went to Beauchamp.

“With the community’s help, we hope and pray for Owen’s safe return,” Donato said.

Klinger is described as follows:

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 165 pounds

Eye Color: Brown

Hair: Medium brown, shoulder length

Last Seen Wearing: Light-blue hooded sweatshirt, jeans, sneakers and carrying a drawstring backpack

Anyone with information regarding Klinger should contact Public Safety at 503-943-7161 or Portland Police at 503-823-3333.

Austin De Dios and Claire Desmarais contributed to this story. 

Maddie Pfeifer is the News and Managing Editor for The Beacon. She can be reached at pfeifer21@up.edu.