Sheriff: Missing teen inspired by 'Into the Wild' was hallucinating

Sheriff: Missing teen inspired by 'Into the Wild' was hallucinating
This undated Oklahoma driver's license photo provided by the Harney County, Ore. Sheriff's Office 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)

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The sheriff heading up the search for a young Oklahoma man missing in the wilds of southeastern Oregon says the young man was hallucinating the last time he telephoned his family.

He also said he was seeing plants coming out of the ground and running in a call to his girlfriend.

Nineteen-year-old Dustin Self has been missing a month since setting out from his family home outside Oklahoma City to test himself against the wilderness.

He also planned to check out churches that practice a South American religion that uses a hallucinogenic tea as a sacrament.

Sheriff Dave Glerup said Friday he thinks Self is either dead or walked off Steens Mountain and hitched a ride somewhere after his truck got stuck on a backcountry track.