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August 26th, 2013
09:46 PM ET

Billie McCandless's message to Jonathan Croom: "Young man, please call your parents"

Editor's note: Jonathan Croom's body was found around 6:30pm PT by the Douglas County Sheriff's Department. His body was located about 1000 feet from where the vehicle was abandoned in a wooded area. His death is being investigated as a suicide.

On the heels of last week's news that an 18-year-old Arizonan boy by the name of Jonathan Croom had gone missing in Oregon, "Piers Morgan Live" invited Walt and Billie McCandless to offer their perspective on a story that seems to be emulating their own son's past in the wilderness of Alaska.

In April 1992, Christopher McCandless ventured off into the wilderness of Alaska with little food and equipment. He was found dead in August 1992 of starvation, weighing only 67 pounds. The movie "Into the Wild" is based on McCandless's journey. Many are now questioning if young men are trying to emulate McCandless's own journey.

"We have a message for the family, including Jonathan, if he's listening," Billie told Piers Morgan. "We want to say, young man, please call your parents. No one will ever worry about you, care about you or love you more than your mom and dad."

While Billie noted that everyone has their own issues and dreams to accomplish, she implored Jonathan to accept the support of his family:

"Why not do them [sic] with the support of those who love you the most?" she asked. "Our prayers are with you and your family, Jonathan, that you achieve your goal. Just remember your loved ones are part of your journey, and that's the message that I would want him to have."

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