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James Kim Found Dead in Oregon Mountains

Jeff Barnard, AP (
Wed, 06 Dec 2006 21:04:31 -0600

By JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press Writer

A San Francisco man was found dead in a mountain creek Wednesday, four
days after he set out through the snowy wilderness to seek help for
his wife and young daughters, stranded in a car.

A search helicopter spotted James Kim's body about a mile from where
he set out in Oregon's snowy Klamath Mountains, two days after his
wife and two daughters were rescued from the vehicle, stuck on a
remote road. Investigators believe he traveled about eight miles in
total, and said there was no way he could have reached the car
directly from where he was found.

Kim's body was found at the foot of the Big Windy Creek drainage, a
half-mile from the Rogue River, where ground crews and helicopters had
been searching for days.

A tearful Undersheriff Brian Anderson announced the discovery of the
body, his voice breaking at one point.

"He was very motivated," Anderson said. "We were having trouble in
there. He traveled a long distance."

He said he had few details about Kim's condition or the immediate area
where he was found.

The body was taken to Central Point for an autopsy, the results of
which are expected to be released Thursday.

Earlier in the day, searchers said they had uncovered clues that
suggested Kim had shed clothing and arranged it to give searchers clues
to his whereabouts. They had planned to drop rescue packages with
clothing, emergency gear and provisions.

Kim, 35, was a senior editor for the technology media company CNET
Networks Inc. He and his qfamily had been missing since Nov. 25. They
were heading home to San Francisco after a family vacation in the
Pacific Northwest.

Kim's wife, Kati, 30, and their daughters Penelope, 4, and Sabine, 7
months, were rescued Monday at their car. She told officers that the
couple made a wrong turn and became stuck in the snow nearly two weeks
before. They used their car heater until they ran out of gas, then
burned tires to stay warm and attract attention. With only a few jars
of baby food and limited supplies, Kati Kim nursed her children.

The key to finding them, police said, was a "ping" from one of the
family's cell phones that helped narrow down their location.

Roads in the area are often not plowed in the winter and can become

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