The missing Arizona teen has been found dead in Oregon, with the initial investigation suggesting that Jonathan Croom, 18, took his own life. The teen's body was found near his abandoned SUV in a rural area of woods in southern Oregon, according to Yahoo.com on Aug. 27. Police are investigating, but signs point to suicide in his death.
David Croom, the teen's father, said that his son was "a young man who had a broken heart." Jonathan had just ended a relationship and set out to "try and find himself" taking a trip, which sadly ended in the Oregon woods.
Croom's body was found about 1,000 feet away from his SUV, which was discovered abandoned on Wednesday in a town of about 1,200 people, called Riddle. It is just off the state's main north-south thoroughfare, Interstate 5.
Douglas County sheriff's spokesman Dwes Hutson said in a statement that the death was being investigated as a suicide, but offered no additional information.
David Croom said that his son ended a relationship with someone back in Phoenix and he was grieving when he set out on this journey. He continued with:
"He was a young man who had a broken heart and headed out to try to find himself. We're looking forward to finding out exactly what happened."
The elder Croom asked folks to pray for the family and thanked everyone who helped search for his son and added. The father said he didn't have information on the specific cause of death at this time.
Monica Croom, Jonathan's mother, said that her son was traveling alone and he had gone out to Seattle, to visit a friend. He was on his way back and was expected home in Arizona before Aug. 17, the date he was scheduled to start college in Mesa.
The teen had talked with his parents about the book "Into the Wild," which he appeared infatuated with. He also told a friend he wanted to run away. The book "Into the Wild," was about Christopher McCandless, whose journey to Alaska was documented in the book.
McCandless set out to live in the Alaska wilderness heading into the wild with just what he could carry with him. McCandless died there in the wilderness and it was possible that he died from eating wild potatoes.