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Posted 25 August 2013 - 23:36

A concerned father is scouring the Oregon wilderness for his 18-year-old son after the teen mysteriously vanished on a road trip home to Arizona from Washington state.

Johnathan Croom was driving back to Arizona after visiting a friend in Seattle on Aug. 16. It is believed no one has heard from the teen since Aug. 18, according to a Douglas County, Ore., Sheriff's Office news release.

Croom's father, David Croom, told ABC's "Good Morning America" he sent his friend a text message on his way home that revealed he wanted to go "on an adventure."

"She says, 'I hope you enjoy your adventure. Hello? Johnathan? Are you there?'" David Croom told ABC's "Good Morning America." "That's the last time."

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.

"We're talking about a kid who has been almost obsessed with this particular movie," he said. "My concern is that he's out there with very limited resources and not a lot of experience."

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, Arizona, on Aug. 19, The Associated Press reported.

Since local authorities are not equipped to go deep into the wilderness, David Croom is hoping they'll allow private rescue groups to help him with his search. Until then, Croom's father said he'll stop at nothing until he finds his son.

"I've never felt a fear like this," David Croom said. "It's unexplainable."

Johnathan Croom is described as 6'1" and 140 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on Croom is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 01:09

I'm an old cynic but I suspect foul play.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 01:13

^ He may have hitched a ride with a trucker to Alaska.

 

Maybe it's just a bad photo, but Croom looks a bit psycho.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 01:17

I'm an old cynic but I suspect foul play.

 

i say unlikely. from texting his friends telling them hes going on an adventure, and this is the description of the movie hes obsessed with

 

 

 


After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 10:47

Missing Arizona teen found dead in Oregon

 

PORTLAND, OR (AP) — The father of an Arizona teenager whose body was found near his abandoned SUV in the woods of southern Oregon said his son was "a young man who had a broken heart."

 

The body of Johnathan Croom, 18, was found Monday evening about 1,000 feet from where his vehicle was found abandoned last week, Douglas County sheriff's spokesman Dwes Hutson said in a statement.

 

Hutson said the Apache Junction, Ariz., youth's death was being investigated as a suicide but he provided no additional information. He didn't return a call for comment.

 

In a telephone interview from Oregon, David Croom said his son was grieving the end of a recent relationship with "someone back in Phoenix."

 

"He was a young man who had a broken heart and headed out to try to find himself," the elder Croom said. "We're looking forward to finding out exactly what happened."

 

He thanked everyone who helped search for his son and added, "Please pray for our family."

 

The father said he had no specifics on a cause of death.

 

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 15:26

I will keep the family in my thoughts. 



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 22:54

... his son was grieving the end of a recent relationship with "someone back in Phoenix."

 

Wonder if he was gay.



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 23:13

well that sucks



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 23:26

Wonder if he was gay.

That matters, how?



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 00:01

^ Simply curious, because of the odd wording.

 

Also, his photo made me wonder.



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 00:10

 

He thanked everyone who helped search for his son and added, "Please pray for our family."

 

 

I never understood this.  People always say "I will pray for you"  but it doesn't make ME feel any different.  All it does is make the person feel better about themselves, and makes them feel good.   They pray because THEY want to do it, because THEY feel it right.

I think from now on, instead of telling people I will pray for them, I will tell them I will masturbate for them instead.  It is the same thing right? I feel good, it feels nice, and the person I am doing it for feels no different.

Maybe it is just the lack of religious faith in me (aka as 0 belief), but I think that that would be a 100% valid comparison.



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 00:19

I think from now on, instead of telling people I will pray for them, I will tell them I will masturbate for them instead.  It is the same thing right? I feel good, it feels nice, and the person I am doing it for feels no different.

Maybe it is just the lack of religious faith in me (aka as 0 belief), but I think that that would be a 100% valid comparison.

It's not the same thing at all. If you tell a person you are praying for them, you are suppose to pray for them. Don't say it unless you mean it. What does it hurt to say "God, I don't even believe in you but if you are real please help so and so tonight." To know something is thinking of them in their time of need means a lot to people. You are suppose to be uplifting the person that's hurting and not just thinking of yourself.



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 01:07

It's not the same thing at all. If you tell a person you are praying for them, you are suppose to pray for them. Don't say it unless you mean it. What does it hurt to say "God, I don't even believe in you but if you are real please help so and so tonight." To know something is thinking of them in their time of need means a lot to people. You are suppose to be uplifting the person that's hurting and not just thinking of yourself.

But what if that person isn't uplifted by that?  It is 100% the same thing.  If you tell someone you are going to masturbate for them, hell even sharing general condolences is showing in your thoughts.  9/10 times people say they will pray for you because it makes them feel good.  Like they are doing their duty to god.  



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 14:03

I will masturbate for them instead.  It is the same thing right? I feel good, it feels nice, and the person I am doing it for feels no different.

 

Only if others get to watch. :laugh:

 

 

kidding





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