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

Douglas County sheriff's spokesman Dwes Hutson said the SUV driven by 18-year-old Johnathan Croom of Apache Junction, 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 Seattle to visit a female friend.

She said he left Arizona on July 30 and was due back last week so he could begin classes Monday at Mesa Community College.

"This is totally out of character," she said. "He walked away from his car. The car did not break down. It was not out of gas. There was money in the car and the car was unlocked."

Monica Croom said her son, who had been living with his brother, is "super smart," graduated early from Apache Junction High School and has Boy Scout experience.

The teen's father, David Croom,told Oregon authorities that he had not heard from his son since Saturday.

Hutson said Croom's SUV wasn't vandalized and officers have searched the general area.

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