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Family seeks answers after teen's memorial stolen on Rocky Butte

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The family of a Portland teenager who slipped and fell to his death on Rocky Butte in northeast Portland is trying to figure out who stole a memorial that was set up in his honor.

Austin Fisher, 16, slipped on some rocks back in August 2011 and fell about 80 feet to his death.

A memorial that had been growing near the site where he fell is now missing. Family members and friends who had come to visit the site over the past 22 months left things like flowers, cards, a large banner and even a basketball to honor him. Those items are now gone. 

Fisher's sister told FOX 12 that she believes someone stole the items sometime around Memorial Day weekend.

A black t-shirt with Austin's picture on it is essentially the only thing that marks the spot where the memorial once stood.

"All of us would come up here," said Leslie Fisher, Austin's sister. "So now that this isn't here, it's like... where do we go? What do we do?"

"Everything had a meaning to someone, and to just take it for whatever reason... it's just rude," said Ashely Diaz, a friend who lived next door to Fisher's family for about 11 years. 

The site brings back a lot of painful memories for Fisher's family, his sister said. But it's also helped them cope.

Fisher's family and friends hope to get the memorial back. But if it bothered someone that much, they hope whoever stole the items would at least find it in their heart to return them to his family, Leslie Fisher said.

The Oregon Department of Transportation manages the land that sits next to Interstate 205, Leslie Fisher said. Her family said that the agency had nothing to do with removing the memorial.

Fisher's family hopes whoever knows what happened to the items that were stolen comes forward.

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