Tech Editor Goes Missing: CNet's James Kim Lost In the Great Northwest

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This Fall's deluge of gadget gossip must have left CNet's James Kim exhausted. So he finished his Zune review, and this past weekend went for a vacation drive up to the great Pacific Northwest with wife and kids. They've been missing since.


A few minutes before Saturday's sunset, somewhere on the Gold Coast, James called a hotel clerk to confirm their reservations at a small inn. The innkeeper expected to see them before midnight, after they passed through the coastal range via Highway 38. That road would have eventually brought James to US 101 and then, over the Golden Gate on Sunday. But investigators believe that James and family never made it out of the mountainous pass. Weather reports say it was raining last Saturday, and in the nearby low lying town of Eugene, it would dip to 35 degrees — roads could have been frosty up in the hills. As of 9am this morning, investigators are searching looking for any trace of the family, or their silver Saab. The car has the license plate "DoeSF," the name of the boutique clothing store Kati and James own together on SF's Lower Haight. Buckled into the car would also be 4-month and seven-year old daughters Sabrine and Penelope.

Cross your fingers for James and his family. And if you hear anything, please call the San Francisco police immediately at 415-558-5508 during normal business hours and at 415-553-1071 after-hours. The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit can be reached at 503-823-0446. Here's the official police report.

[Crave, Engadget]



You see most of his reviews on Cnet's video channel, you read his written reviews, and you consider his opinion to have a lot of weight, so it almost feels like someone very close is in trouble.

I hope him and his family are alright. Logically I'm praying for all of them, but at least I hope their children come out unharmed. I'm sure he would wish the same.