No Sign of Into the Wild Fan After Air Search
Another search for Dustin Self planned tomorrow
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 19, 2013 5:06 AM CDT
This Oklahoma driver's license photo shows Dustin Self, 19, who is believed missing on Steens Mountain in the remote and rugged country of southeastern Oregon.   (AP Photo/Harney County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – A rancher searched an Oregon mountain yesterday via helicopter in hopes of tracking down Dustin Self, an Oklahoma teen and Into the Wild enthusiast who vanished a month ago. But Patty Jenkins couldn't find any sign of the 19-year-old or his green tent, the AP reports. With heavy winds due to let up, another search is planned for tomorrow. "We're worried sick," says his father. "I just hope he's alive."

His truck, which was discovered earlier this week, still contained his keys, computer, food, and GPS—but not his camping equipment. Self was a religious youth who was searching for meaning, according to his mother. In addition to testing his survival skills, he'd been seeking Oregon churches involved in a South American religion, his parents say. A gas station owner saw him last month; at the time, he wanted directions to Lakeview, Oregon, saying his GPS had misdirected him. But his truck was discovered on a different route.

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Mar 13, 2014 7:00 PM CDT
This is what happens when you glorify stupid people who think they want to commune with nature but have no respect for it. That kind of adventure killed Chris McCandless and it will kill a lot more people who read Krakauer's book and think it sounds romantic and daring and fun.
Apr 20, 2013 9:11 AM CDT
What The.....!?! I worked with this Kid in Bee Cave, TX. I warned him about wilderness survival! He worked here as of a few months ago. Dang it!
Apr 19, 2013 1:34 PM CDT
If this kid was such a fan of the book (or the movie), then you'd think it would have served as a warning. Darwinism at its finest.