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Police: Missing Arizona Teen Spoke of Running Away
An Arizona teenager assumed to be missing in the woods of Southern Oregon talked with his parents about the book "Into the Wild" and told a friend he wanted to run away.
PORTLAND- An Arizona teenager assumed to be missing in the woods of Southern Oregon talked with his parents about the book "Into the Wild" and told a friend he wanted to run away.
The Douglas County sheriff's office searched Monday for 18-year-old Johnathan Croom. His SUV was found Wednesday in the town of Riddle.
His mother says he was on his way back from Seattle. Croom was due in Arizona Aug. 17 to start college in Mesa.
Douglas County sheriff's spokesman Dwes Hutson says text messages between Croom and a friend indicated Croom wanted to run away.
Hutson says Croom talked to his parents about Christopher McCandless, whose disappearance in the Alaska wilderness was documented in the book "Into the Wild."
Earlier this year, 19-year-old Dustin Self of Oklahoma disappeared after talking to his parents about the same book and setting out to test himself against the southeast Oregon wilderness. His truck was found on a mountain in April.
UPDATE (This is a developing story)
PORTLAND- The father of an Arizona teenager whose body has been found near his abandoned SUV in southern Oregon says his son was "a young man who had a broken heart."
In a telephone interview Monday night, David Croom said his 18-year-old son Johnathan was grieving the end of a recent relationship and "headed out to try to find himself."
The elder Croom thanked everyone who helped search for his son and added, "Please pray for our family."
Douglas County sheriff's spokesman Dwes Hutson said in a statement that the Apache Junction, Ariz., teen's body was found Monday evening about 1,000 feet from where his vehicle was found abandoned last week in a wooded area.
Hutson says the death is being investigated as a suicide but he provided no additional information.