Date/Time of Release: 08/26/2013 - 10:10
Contact Person: Dwes Hutson
Contact Number: 541-440-4464
Subject: Missing Person UPDATE
Date/Time of Incident: 08/21/2013 - 00:00
Incident Location: Yokum Road, Riddle, OR
Case Number: n/a
Missing: Croom, Johnathan / age 18 / Apache Junction, Arizona
This is an update to the missing person investigation involving 18 year old Johnathan Croom.
Croom's green 2000 Honda CRV was first spotted parked on Yokum Road on Monday, August 19th. After it had been parked in the same location for two days, the registered owner, Johnathan's father David Croom, was contacted (on August 21st).
David Croom told deputies that Johnathan had borrowed the vehicle to drive to Washington state to visit a friend. Johnathan was supposed to return to Arizona to start college.
Text messages between Johnathan and a friend indicate that Johnathan may have wanted to run away and leave his current life behind.
Ground searches of the local area where the vehicle was found have not turned up any leads. The Sheriff's Office will conduct limited searches including air searches based on information received. At this time there is no indication of foul play.
Johnathan Croom is described as 6'1", 140 lbs, brown hair, brown eyes. He may be in possession of a multi-colored backpack (photo attached).
The Sheriff's Office is asking for help from the public. If anyone has seen Johnathan Croom, please contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471.
A photograph of the backpack that Croom may be in possession of is attached to this release at http://www.dcso.com/media_N.asp