ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Investigators are trying to find an Arizona teenager whose car was abandoned in southwest Oregon.

Douglas County sheriff's spokesman Dwes Hutson says the sport utility vehicle driven by 18-year-old Johnathan Croom was found Wednesday in the small town of Riddle, not far from Interstate 5.

Monica Croom said Friday that her son was on his way to the Seattle area to visit a female friend. She says he left Arizona on July 30 and was due back last week so he could begin classes Monday at Mesa Community College.

His father said Johnathan was fascinated by the 2007 movie Into the Wild, about a recent college graduate who disappeared into the wilderness.

Johnathan's family said he may have been inspired to run away because of the movie.

Monica Croom said her son is super smart and has Boy Scout experience.

She said his car didn't break down, wasn't out of gas and was unlocked with money inside. Hutson said Croom's SUV wasn't vandalized and officers have searched the general area.

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