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A Community Is Still Searching for a University of Portland Freshman Who Went Missing a Week Ago

By Wire Service

A search party of about 100 people combed through the areas surrounding the University of Portland this weekend, hoping to find anything that might lead to the freshman missing for more than a week.

Teams scoured through North Portland, Oregon, covering the areas of Pier Park, Cathedral Park, Columbia Park, and Forest Park, CNN affiliate KOIN reported.

Owen Klinger, 18, was last seen on Oct. 6. The 6 foot 1 inch student was wearing a light blue hooded sweatshirt, jeans, and had a drawstring backpack, police said.

It’s unusual for him to “go more than a day without contacting loved ones,” police said, citing school officials.

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Owen Klinger, 18 was wearing a light blue hooded sweatshirt, jeans, and had a drawstring backpack. (Portland Police Bureau)

His family says Klinger told his roommates he was heading to lacrosse practice, but he didn’t have any of his usual gear with him, CNN affiliate KPTV reported. He never showed up to practice, the affiliate reported, citing the boy’s father.

The student went to a campus ATM and withdrew cash instead, his family said, according to the affiliate.

On Thursday, hundreds gathered at a candlelight vigil to support Klinger and his family.

“We turn to our faith during difficult times like these as we await news about Owen,” the university said on Twitter. “The UP community joins with the Klinger family in prayerful hope for Owen’s safe return.”

Klinger was a good student and seemed happy during his first semester, his mother, Mary Klinger said.

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Owen Klinger, 18, was last seen on Oct. 6. (Portland Police Bureau)

“If there was something we don’t know, that he doesn’t want us to know, that doesn’t matter,” she said, according to the affiliate. “We just love him and want him back.”

Amber Alert for a Missing 3-Year-Old Girl

Alabama authorities have issued an Amber Alert for a missing 3-year-old girl kidnapped on Saturday night in Birmingham and believed to be “in extreme danger.”

Kamille McKinney, who according to her missing child poster, goes by the nickname “Cupcake,” was last seen at around 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 12, in Birmingham’s Tom Brown Village.

Witnesses reported that McKinney was playing with other children at a birthday party when she was abducted by an unknown individual, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said in a statement.

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3-year-old Kamille McKinney was abducted in Birmingham, Ala., on Oct. 12, 2019. (ALEA)

“Kamille may have been abducted by a man and woman traveling in a dark-colored black or blue SUV possibly an older model Toyota 4 Runner with rims and a tan protruding bumper,” authorities said.

The missing girl was seen last wearing a pink T-shirt with Minnie Mouse leopard print design, leopard print shorts, and yellow, white, and blue hair bows.

She is described as a black female with brown eyes, 3 feet tall, and weighing around 60 pounds.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call 911.

Below is the full text of the Alabama Amber alert:

“The State of Alabama has issued a Child Abduction Emergency, Amber Alert. The Birmingham Police Department and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency asks for your assistance in locating Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney, black female, 3 years of age, 3 feet tall weighing 60 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. Kamille was seen last wearing a pink T shirt with Minnie Mouse leopard print design, leopard print shorts and yellow, white, and blue hair bows at Tom Brown Village housing community around 8:30 p m on October 12th 2019 and is believed to be in extreme danger. Kamille may have been abducted by a man and woman traveling in a dark colored black or blue S U V possibly an older model Toyota 4 Runner with rims and a tan protruding bumper. If you have any information regarding this missing child, please contact the Birmingham Police Department at 205 254 0841; or call 911.”

Epoch Times reporter Tom Ozimek contributed to this report

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