Jonathan Croom was an 18-year-old Arizona teenager who went missing in August 2013, after driving from Seattle to Oregon. His body was found a week later, near his abandoned car in a wooded area. The authorities ruled his death as a suicide, although the exact cause and manner of death are still unknown.
According to his father, David Croom, Jonathan was obsessed with the film “Into the Wild”, which tells the story of Christopher McCandless, a young man who left his family and possessions to live in the Alaskan wilderness, where he eventually died of starvation. Jonathan had expressed a desire to go on an adventure and run away from his life, possibly influenced by the movie and a recent breakup.
His disappearance sparked a massive search effort, involving local police, the FBI, and volunteers. His car was found on a remote road in Riddle, Oregon, with some of his belongings inside, but no sign of him. His body was discovered about 1,000 feet from the car, in a secluded spot. The autopsy revealed no signs of trauma or foul play, but it could not determine the exact cause of death. Some reports suggested that he may have died of hypothermia, as the temperatures in the area were low at night.
Jonathan’s death was a tragic loss for his family and friends, who remembered him as a smart, kind, and adventurous young man. His father said that he hoped his son’s story would serve as a warning to other teens who may be tempted to follow the footsteps of McCandless. He also said that he wished his son had reached out to him or someone else for help, instead of ending his life so soon.