Owen Klinger
Owen Klinger

The parents of missing University of Portland freshman Owen Klinger issued a statement Oct. 21 saying they believe a body found in the Willamette River near the St. Johns Bridge Oct. 20 is their son.

“We are still waiting for confirmation from the Medical Examiner's Office on identity and cause or manner of death,” said Officer Carlos Ibarra, a spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau.

“We deeply appreciate the extraordinary effort and support that thousands of people have provided over the past two weeks,” Dustin and Mary Klinger of Northeast Portland said in a statement to reporters. “We now ask for privacy as we move forward with our healing process.”

A Mass for Klinger is set for 12:05 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher on campus.

“Owen’s loss is keenly felt,” Holy Cross Father Mark Poorman, U.P. president, said in an email to the university community. “Kind, generous, and loyal, he was a person who lived for others. He gave deeply of himself. He loved earnestly. Although his time on The Bluff was short, his impact on our university is deep and enduring.”

Klinger went missing Oct. 6, having left his dormitory in the evening. He made a modest ATM withdrawal. Though police found he had been watching videos about jumping trains, the family told media Klinger was not the type to disappear without telling them. They also said he did not appear to be having emotional or psychological trouble.