PORTLAND (UNITED STATES) - An 18-year-old obsessed with the movie “Into the Wild” was found dead in Oregon on Monday. Jonathan Croom’s body was found by police investigators 1,000 feet away from his green Honda CRV in the rural town of Riddle. Investigators say the case is being investigated as a suicidebecause they believe the teenager took his own life.
As CNN reports, Jonathan had been watching the movie “Into the Wild” a lot over the past six months. According to David Croom, Jonathan’s father, the young boy wanted to imitate the actions of Chris McCandless, the main character of the movie. In the movie, Chris leaves his family behind to go and live in the wilderness in Alaska.
“He’s been watching the movie a lot,” Jonathan’s father said. “Maybe he said, ‘I want to do it.’ That’s our theory, because he kept talking about the movie.”
Riddle, where Jonathan’s dead body was found, is a town of 1,300 residents with no stores or cinemas. According to reports, the young man was travelling only with his backpack and a phone. Inside the car police officers found Jonathan’s ID card, a sweatshirt, a blanket and a jug of water. The last time the teenager was seen alive was in Seattle. He had been to a friend’s house and was supposed to return home in Arizona a few days later.