The family of a missing Portland college student are pleading for the public’s help to find their son.
Owen Klinger, a freshman at the University of Portland, disappeared Sunday from the college’s campus and hasn’t been heard from since—something that friends and family say is highly unusual for the 18-year-old.
“This is not like him at all. He’s our middle child, he’s the peacekeeper and he doesn’t rock the boat,” his mom Mary Klinger told KPTV. “In his friend group, he gets them all together and gets things going. He’s a great kid.”
According to a statement from the Portland Police Bureau, Klinger was last seen around 7:30 p.m. Sunday night on campus. He was wearing a light-blue hooded sweatshirt, jeans and a drawstring backpack.
Mary Klinger said the university was able to get a ping off Owen’s cell phone around 8:30 p.m. that night near a bus stop at the edge of campus, but it’s not known whether Owen ever got onto the bus, local radio station KXL reports.
Owen reportedly told his roommates he was going to a lacrosse meeting, but never showed up at the event, KATU reports.
“He didn’t take much with him when he left,” his mom told the station. “Which is so strange.”
When his roommates noticed he never returned to the dorm room later that night, they reached out to the hall director to report that he was missing.
Owen’s roommate Justin Tong told KPTV it's unlike his roommate to leave without telling anyone.
“I waited until like, one in the morning and he wasn’t back yet, so I just thought something was wrong,” he said. “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.”
Mary Klinger said she doesn’t believe her son was having any troubles when he disappeared.
Officials have confirmed that there has been no activity on Owen’s cell phone since he disappeared; however, his family has said he did make a withdrawal from the ATM Sunday night.
Police and family members are urging anyone who may have information about the college student’s whereabouts to contact the authorities. He is described as 6’1” weighing 165 pounds, with brown eyes and medium brown shoulder-length hair.
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