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CNET Editor and Family Missing - Updated 4 Dec 2006

I don't usually post stuff like this, but tech journalists take care of their own.

CNET Editor James Kim went on a road trip with his family last week. They were supposed to be back Sunday, but haven't been heard from since. There are conflicting reports on where he was last seen, with CNET reporting Saturday in Seattle, and Engadget and the official police report say they were in Portland on Saturday.

Either way, they were driving a 2005 silver Saab station wagon with California personalized plates of "DOESF."

Those with information about the Kim family's whereabouts are asked to contact the SFPD immediately at (415) 558-5508 during normal business hours and at (415) 553-1071 after-hours. The Portland Police Department can be reached at (503) 823-4000.

We at Windows-Now are praying for their safe return. We'll keep you posted.

UPDATE: Chris Pirillo has more information:

The last known contact from James was at around 5:45 PM on Saturday. A hotel clerk at the Tu Tu Tun lodge in Gold Beach, Oregon took a call from James. He said he was about five hours away. The hotel clerk said she would leave the keys out for them as the lobby would be closed after 10. The keys were still in the same place the next morning. The clerk believes James referred to being near Salem, Oregon at the time.

UPDATE2: Crave posted an update this morning:

As of 9 a.m. PST Friday, investigators said they were narrowing their search to Oregon's Highway 38 as the family's most probable route to their destination of Gold Beach. The Kims last spoke to an innkeeper there by phone about five hours before they planned to arrive.

UPDATE - Friday: News.com finally did a full-blown story on the piece:

Ryan Lee, a longtime friend of the Kims, told the San Francisco Chronicle that he had brunch with the Kims in Portland Saturday. The Kims told their friend they planned to stop by a clothing boutique in Portland before driving to Gold Beach on the Southern Oregon Coast, where they said they had a hotel reservation for Saturday night.

The hotel reportedly received an early evening phone call from the Kims saying they would be arriving at the hotel later than expected. They never showed up.

Lewis said the last call recorded from James Kim's cell phone was made to a friend in San Francisco at 3 p.m. and suggested that the call to the hotel may have been made from a landline. She said the SFPD is still waiting for credit card information to come in.

UPDATE2 - Friday: The Oregon National Guard sent a Blackhawk helicopter to join the search. KATU.com has video updates from their 5pm and 6:30pm newscasts. The second video has a picture of the car they were driving.

UPDATE - Saturday: The Kims were last spotted at a Denny's in Roseburg, Oregon around 8pm on Saturday, Nov. 25th. News.com and KATU have more details.

UPDATE - Monday: The search continues. It finally received the national press coverage it needed this morning, with articles popping up on MSNBC here and here. The Today show did a 2 minute piece on the search that interviewed Kati's mom. I really hope they are found soon.

UPDATE2 - Monday: Kati and the kids have been found. James is still missing.

Posted on Nov 30 2006, 07:55 PM by Robert McLaws
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