Wife, Daughters of Missing CNET Editor Found Alive

James Kim, an editor at CNET, and his family disappeared Saturday. Kim’s wife, Kati, and daughters, Penelope and Sabine, Wife, daughters of missing CNET editor found alive | CNET News.com”>were found alive this afternoon but he remains missing.

The wife and daughters of missing CNET senior editor James Kim have been found alive and airlifted to a local hospital, authorities announced at a press conference in Merlin, Ore., Monday afternoon. James Kim left the car on foot two days ago to seek help and has not been found, the official said. The search for him continues.


  Seen James Kim?  Contact the SFPD at 415-558-5508 during normal business hours and at 415-553-1071 after-hours. The Pacific Northwest call center for the case can be reached at 1-800-452-7888. At approximately 1:45 p.m. PST, search-and-rescue officials were notified that a vehicle and a female waving an umbrella were spotted by a helicopter search crew near the Rogue River in the area of Bear Camp Viewpoint off Bear Camp Road, according to a statement from Oregon State Police. This location is near the Curry/Josephine County line in Josephine County.


The 35-year-old Kim, his 30-year-old wife, Kati, and daughters Penelope (4 years) and Sabine (7 months) left their home in San Francisco last week on a Thanksgiving road trip to the Pacific Northwest. Before the sighting at the Denny’s in Roseburg, they had last been seen earlier that day in Portland, Ore., according to the San Francisco Police Department’s missing persons’ report.

Quite a bizarre story. Good news that Kim’s family is safe, although no word has been released on their condition.

If, for some odd reason, anyone reading this has information, by all means contact the SFPD at 415-558-5508 during normal business hours and at 415-553-1071 after-hours and/or the Pacific Northwest call center for the case at 1-800-452-7888.

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  1. Steven Plunk says:

    They got lost on the same road a family spent 17 days stranded in a motor home last year. For whatever reason maps show this as a viable alternate route from I-5 to the Oregon coast. Lack of warnings on the road itself makes the problem worse.

    While the road is paved it it not plowed in the winter and is incredibly steep. The temperatures have been in the 20’s at night so hope for Mr. Kim is not high. Lack of any new snow may allow the searchers to track his footprints.

    I have driven the road during the summer but would never attempt it in the winter even with a four wheel drive pickup.