Roseburg, OR, United States (4E) – An Arizona teen missing since Aug. 16 was found dead in the woods of southern Oregon’s Douglas County on Monday night, according to police.
The body of Johnathan Croom, 18, was found 1,000 feet from where his abandoned car was found last week, country sheriff spokesman Dwes Hutson said.
The victim’s father, David Croom, said Tuesday that his son probably wanted to emulate Chris McCandless, the character in the nonfiction “Into the Wild” written by Jon Krakauer in 1999 and made into a movie of the same title in 2007. McCandless left his family and community without notice to live in the Alaskan wilderness, where he eventually died from starvation.
Croom was last seen Aug. 16, when he visited a friend in Seattle. He was expected to return home last weekend. His last text message was sent last week telling a friend he wanted to go on an adventure, his father said, according to ABC News.
Croom’s green Honda CRV was found on a lonely road in the quiet country town of Riddle, Oregon, on Wednesday. Police see his death as a suicide and is investigation along that probability.