About James Kim
James Kim was a senior editor covering digital audio who also co-hosted a weekly video podcast for the Crave gadgets blog. He had been writing a book on Microsoft’s Zune MP3 player. Formerly, he was an on-air personality on the now-defunct cable television network TechTV.
James Final Trip
James Kim, Kati, Penelope and Sabine left their home in San Francisco two weeks ago on a Thanksgiving road trip to the Pacific Northwest. They had been last seen on the Saturday after the holiday in Portland and later at a Denny’s restaurant in Roseburg, according to a San Francisco Police Department missing persons report.
Kim had been missing in the remote southwestern Oregon wilderness for 11 days and was found at approximately noon Wednesday about half a mile from the Rogue River.
Kim, 35, left his family’s stranded car Saturday morning searching for help and never returned. Kim apparently traveled in an 8-mile circle and was found less than a mile, separated by a sheer cliff, from where his family’s station wagon got stuck in the snow. Officers said there was no way to determine whether he was trying to return to his starting point or if he became disoriented.
After being rescued in good condition Monday, Kim’s 30-year-old wife, Kati, and daughters Penelope (4 years) and Sabine (7 months) have been reunited with family members. Kati Kim suffered frostbite on two toes, but will not lose those toes, according to a close family friend.
While stranded, the family stayed warm using the car heater, then burned tires when they ran out of gas, authorities said. Kati Kim also nursed the girls.
James Kim found deceased
The body of the 35-year-old Kim was discovered Wednesday in a rugged wilderness area in southern Oregon. He had set out across snow and ice with only tennis shoes to protect his feet. He had eaten little in the seven days since his car got stuck.
A True Hero – His passion towards his family
James kept his wife and kids alive while sacrificing his own life and I believe all men who read this story will hold James in the highest regard as a man among men who gave his two children the rest of their lives.
“Anyone that knows James will tell you that he would do anything to protect his family,” said Jason Zemlicka, a friend of 10 years and former co-worker. “I know him and he must have believed he was going to get somewhere.”
“He wouldn’t even sneak away for a few hours once and while to play nine holes,” Zemlicka said. “The truth is that it wasn’t that big of a sacrifice–hanging out with a bunch of guys. James had more important things to tend to. He taught me to be a dedicated husband. He’s always putting his wife and kids first.”