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April 18, 2013

Oklahoma teen missing in remote Oregon terrain

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) —

Ousley said a storekeeper in Fields recalled him asking for directions to Lakeview, which would have taken him a different direction than where his truck was found.

A religious young man raised in a non-denominational Protestant church, Dustin had been searching for meaning in his life, his mother said. He read books like “Human Race: Get Off Your Knees,” by David Icke, a former British sports reporter whose books about what he believes is really controlling life on earth are admired by conspiracy theorists. The last movie Dustin watched was “Into The Wild,” about a young man who gives up his worldly goods to live in the Alaskan wilderness. A clean-cut bodybuilder in high school, he had lately grown his hair long and wore a bandanna around his head.

His mother said, “I think he got a lot off the Internet.”

Tammy Self said her son is a vegetarian, with no desire to kill animals to eat.

“He thought he was going to eat berries,” she said. “We tried to tell him, berries don’t grow in wintertime.”

His father called the Harney County Sheriff’s Office on March 17, but a search along the route from Fields to Lakeview turned up nothing. He also filed a missing person report with his local police. Then on Monday, Dustin’s truck was found. His backpack and camping gear were gone, but the keys, his computer, his GPS and some of his supply of protein bars and other food had been left behind.

“We’re worried sick,” said his father. “I just hope he’s alive.”

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