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August 26, 2013
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BREAKING NEWS: Body of missing teen found

The body of the 18-year-old Arizona teen missing since late last week was found around 6:30 p.m. Monday, the Douglas County Sheriffs office said tonight.

Johnathan Austin Croom was found approximately 1000 feet from where his vehicle was abandoned on Yokum Road in Riddle, deputies said.

His death is being investigated as a suicide, deputies said.

Next of kin has been notified.

He had been in the Seattle area visiting a female friend and was believed to be on his way back to begin classes at Mesa Community College when he disappeared. He was last heard from Aug. 17 and was due back in Arizona the next day, according to his family.

The 2000 Honda CR-V he was driving was found on Yokum Road on Monday, parked 2 1/2 miles from Interstate 5.

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The News-Review Updated Sep 9, 2013 01:57PM Published Aug 27, 2013 09:37AM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.