Family believes body found is missing university student

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The parents of a missing University of Portland freshman say they believe a body found near the St. Johns Bridge is their son.

Dustin and Mary Klinger issued a statement Monday afternoon, saying Portland police had notified them they found a body in Northwest Portland. The Klingers said they believed the body belonged to their son, Owen Klinger.

The statement said the family “deeply appreciate the extraordinary effort and support that thousands of people have provided over the past two weeks. We now ask for privacy as we move forward with our healing process.”

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the 18-year-old Owen Klinger went missing Oct. 6, after he was last seen leaving his dorm at University of Portland.

In the weeks he was missing, Klinger’s family and friends turned out in droves to search for him.