Eugene teen still missing after reportedly falling in river near Skinner Butte Park
EUGENE, Ore. - Eugene police are asking the community to help find a missing and endangered 18-year-old.
Theodore Kudrna, who also goes by Teddy, was reported missing on Saturday.
On Sunday, police searched the Skinner Butte area where he was last seen.
Theodore’s friends and family also formed a search party on Sunday. Their area of focus was the Willamette River.
Searchers assembled in front of Lamb Cottage at Skinner Butte Park.
“We found out that he fell into the Willamette. If he did on accident then his phone is probably toast,” said Nick Kudrna, Theodore’s older brother.
Police said his mother last saw him on Thursday when she dropped him off at the park to go hiking with some new acquaintances.
Police and family said they later learned that the group never went hiking.
“We've now found that they came to the river that evening and had alcohol. Apparently, he had fallen in the river and had gotten sick, and they put him on his side and left him there,” said Sabrina Leathers, a Kudrna family friend.
Leathers said that information was discovered through social media.
The search parties looked along the river bank between Lamb Cottage and the Valley River footbridge near the bike path.
“We're looking for him, mostly, but also any clues like his wallet or his clothing or his phone,” said Nick Kudrna.
Theodore was last seen wearing a faded navy blue t-shirt, black Nike tennis shoes, and a dark colored backpack.
“We feel like he was just having a last hoorah before he went off for the summer to fight wildfires,” said Leathers.
“He was supposed to go to firefighting training for Dustbusters at four o'clock on Friday. He never showed up for that,” said Nick Kudrna.
“He's a fit, healthy, just-turned-18 young man so we're hoping to rely on that,” said Leathers.
According to police, Kudrna can be described as a white male, 5’10” tall and weighing 200 pounds, with shoulder-length brown wavy hair, and blue eyes.
Eugene police is continuing to investigate and following up on potential leads as to where Theodore is.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Eugene Police non-emergency line at 541-682-5111.