Skip to comments.Missing Ariz. Teen's Car Found With Wallet, ID Inside: 'We Just Don't Know What He Left With'
Posted on 08/25/2013 1:13:17 PM PDT by bgill
Croom said he fears his son may have been inspired by the 2007 film "Into the Wild." The movie was inspired by the real-life events of Christopher McCandless, a young hiker who sought isolation in the Alaskan wilderness.
Authorities found Johnathan Croom's 2000 green Honda CR-V abandoned in Riddle, Ore., on Wednesday. The teen's wallet, photo ID, $200 cash and a book on outdoor survival tactics were left inside, leading police to believe he may not want to be found.
Croom was due back last weekend before his classes began at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz., on Aug. 19,
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Rookies, one way or the other.
When I was a teen and living on the road, just wandering, my mother used to beg me to at least carry a piece of paper with my name on it so that if something happened, the law would know who I was, but identification was just too much of an anchor for me at the time.
Some teens and young men seek adventure in the extreme.
At about age 19 my young brother disappeared for about 2 years to Texas...he was from Washington...finally checked in after reported to police...he was fine...I think young men jyst need challenges w/o overbearing parents!
Riddle, OR is hardly into the wild. I worked at a nickel mine there and there is a copper mine being reclaimed in the surrounding mountains. The area has been extensively logged. The Rogue River wilderness some miles to the south would have been a better choice for Coast Range roughing it. The last I heard, there was a largely contained fire near Glendale south of Riddle. It may be out by now.
Of course it is all pretty lush, rainy forest and easy to get lost in.
Maybe they should be doing some DNA testing on Bear scat...
The family thinks he may be on a ‘go it alone’ venture.
A couple of other articles about the event;
That kid looks like a moron to me. He’s prob not going to make it.
I feel sorry for the father. If the kid could get past his adolescent days and a little older he prob would become wiser and more like his father. Too bad.
I can completely understand. There have been several times I was ready to do that during my teenaged years.
I started studying wilderness survival when I was 12, but it wasn’t until I was in my 20’s that I was able to test it and find out just how little I knew! Here’s hoping he has a back-up plan.
if he was going to go into the wilderness, he’d have taken the book on outdoor survival techniques and not left it in the car.
He must be out at Slab City , painting
That movie had a cool ending, but another one was better (can’t remember the name offhand). In the other movie, the other fool got himself stuck in the middle of nowhere, Alaska, eating mouse stew.
My son took off for 4 months to live on the road when he was 19. He survived but his health suffered on his return. He would email me from the library of the nearest town every week to 10 days to let me know he was still alive, which I really appreciated.
If that's the case, he was kinda stupid to leave the Outdoor Survival book behind.
Did he watch the end of the film?
My wife and I were there last weekend and drove up the road toward Glendale until we were stopped by two Army National Guardsmen because of the fire. As we were coming back to Riddle we saw two elderly folks standing near their car with both on the cell phone. Seems they live further up the canyon and had to drive 9 miles to get cell phone service. I remember when Hannah Nickel opened the mine.
I was hired by Glenbrook, a subsidiary of Cominco (Tech). We moved from Elko, NV when the mine reopened. Most of the workers were former Hanna employees — very good people. It was a shame the price of nickel was kept artificially low, dooming the attempted re openning.
When I was a youngster my Boy Scout troop were invited to tour the entire operation. We were really excited to get to drive to the top of the mountain and see everything that was required to extract the product.
Johnathan Croom was reportedly found dead tonight near his SUV in a wooded area in Oregon.
His death is being investigated as a suicide, according to the Douglas County Sheriffs Department.
Croom, 18, (who is identified in some press accounts by the traditional Jonathan spelling) had gone missing about 10 days ago. His SUV was abandoned on a back road in the small Oregon town of Riddle last Wednesday. His wallet, photo ID, some cash, and a book about outdoor survival had been left in the green Honda CRV.
His body was found about 1,000 feet from that spot.
Croom apparently was obsessed with the book (later made into a movie) Into the Wild about Christopher McCandless an adventure-seeker who died of starvation in the Alaska wilderness.
McCandless mother said on CNN earlier tonight that We have a message for the family, including Jonathan, if hes listening. We want to say, young man, please call your parents. No one will ever worry about you, care about you or love you more than your mom and dad.
AP reports that [Croom’s] mother has said he was traveling alone and on his way back from Seattle, where he visited a friend. Croom was due in Arizona on Aug. 17 to start college in Mesa. [A Sheriff’s Department spokesman] had said that text messages between Croom and a friend indicated Croom wanted to run away.
Earlier today, Crooms dad said his son was upset over a recent breakup with his girlfriend. After reading text messages and talking to his ex-girlfriend, I think its a broken heart. So, hes run off to try to fix it somehow.
On CNN, David Croom added that hes a tough kid, hes in great shape, and hes really smart, but Im afraid hes not geared up for this environment. The family lives in Apache Junction, Ariz.
Yes, I saw and posted an article on that a little while ago. Now the gf is going to have to carry that with her the rest of her life - thanks a lot, selfish dude. Can’t understand how the authorities couldn’t find him for 5 days. It’s obvious they didn’t want to be bothered. His body had been there since the 18th, if nothing else, follow the smell of death and ask themselves why the buzzards have been circling all week. Well, at least the family knows.