Skip to comments.Searchers Find SF Man In Oregon Wilderness (Unconfirmed - James Kim CNET Editor)
Posted on 12/06/2006 12:24:22 PM PST by cgk
Searchers were being lowered from the helicopter to assist the man.
There was no immediate word on his condition.
Clothing and bits of an Oregon map turned up Tuesday in a drainage in which search and rescue teams sought James Kim, 35, who has been missing since Saturday when he set out on foot to seek help for his family.
"He is a sharp individual and has a strong will to live," Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters said. "He has done a heck of a job out there."
The clothing, which was wet, included two gray sweat shirts, a red T-shirt, a sock and a blue girl's skirt, said Lt. Gregg Hastings of the Oregon State Patrol. Family members said Kim had taken the items when he left.
"They were laid out in a well defined area, in a pattern," Hastings said. The pattern led officers to believe that "little signs are being left by James."
Searchers also found a pair of gray pants they believed belonged to Kim. The family said he was wearing the pants over blue jeans when he left.
Teams resumed their search Wednesday, but were hampered by fog which they hoped would lift by midday.
Searchers planned to drop 18 rescue packages containing clothing, emergency gear and other survival provisions into the area Wednesday in hopes that Kim could find one. The packages, clear plastic bags the size of pillows, also contained a note from his family.
Searchers said the packages would be dropped in a 3-square-mile area where "hot spots" showed up two nights earlier in thermal imaging.
"This is frustrating. We are so close," Josephine County Undersheriff Brian Anderson said. "There are people pouring their heart and soul into this. We are not going to quit until we find him."
Temperatures at night in the search area have been dipping below freezing in lower elevations. No precipitation is expected until Friday.
Kim's wife, Kati, and two daughters were rescued Monday at their car, stuck in the snow on a remote road.
When he left the car Saturday, James Kim went about two miles along the road, and then headed down into a drainage area, said Lt. Gregg Hastings of the Oregon State Police.
About 100 rescue workers and four helicopters were searching for Kim, following his footprints down a drainage called Big Windy Creek that leads to the Rogue River.
Anderson said he does not know why Kim went into the drainage area. "I hope to have the opportunity to ask why he did that," he said.
Kim, a senior editor for the technology media company CNET Networks Inc., had two lighters and was wearing tennis shoes, pants and a heavy coat, but no hat, Anderson said. He would likely be within about five miles of the car, he said.
The Kims had been missing since Nov. 25, when they left Portland and headed home after a holiday trip to the Pacific Northwest.
Kati Kim told officers they were traveling south from Portland on Interstate 5 and missed the turnoff to a state highway, Oregon 42, that leads through the Coast Range to Gold Beach, where they planned to stay at a resort.
Officers said the couple used a map to choose the road they were on. "They got the map out -- a regular highway map -- that showed the route," Anderson said.
However, it wasn't clear whose map the couple used. The 2005-2007 state highway map distributed by the Oregon Department of Transportation has a warning in red print, inside a red box: "This route closed in winter." A Rand-McNally map did not have a similar warning.
On Monday, searchers in a private helicopter hired by the family spotted Kati Kim, 30, and daughters Penelope, 4, and Sabine, 7 months. They were released from a hospital in Grants Pass on Tuesday.
After leaving Portland on Interstate 5, search leaders said, the couple missed a turnoff that leads to the coast and took a wrong turn on a twisty mountain road they chose as an alternative.
Stuck, 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 area's complicated road network is commonly used by whitewater rafters on the Rogue River or as a shortcut to the coast in the summer, but it is not plowed in the winter.
Copyright 2006 by KTVU.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
I hope he's ok - please keep us posted.
The article says searchers are being lowered to assist the man; that leads me to believe that he's still alive. I hope he's still alive.
FNC is reporting that unfortunately, it is a body that has been found and it is unconfirmed, but believed to be that of James Kim. :(
Someone said Fox said body found. Hope they were wrong.
It's either a clever trail left by Kim, or else Slick Willie wuz here.
I just saw that. Very sad, I hope they're wrong.
God bless Undersherriff Anderson and others who so clearly care so deeply about the well-being of this man and his family.
not cute at all
I think we may well find out he died days ago. Hypothermia doesn't take much to kill you in such conditions. And Mr. Kim was a gaunt individual, which didn't help his chances.
Not good news , top of the hour abc news says they found the body of the missing man.
Preyers and Condolences to the family and friends of James Kim.
God I'm hoping he's still alive! Prayers! This is soo sad!
Prayers go out for his loved ones. May God comfort them and give them strength in the difficult days ahead.
How sharp could he be to get caught in that fashion and put his family at risk?
Perhaps you should write that to his family..It would certainly comfort them in their loss.
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