James Kim

I don’t really know how to write this post. James Kim of CNET (who I co-host the MP3 Insider podcast and Crave video podcast) and his family, wife Kati and daughters Penelope and Sabine, have gone missing. They were last seen Saturday morning in Portland, Oregon, and they were supposed to be driving back to San Francisco that day. He was scheduled to be at work on Tuesday morning.

The only thing we know right now is that they may have called a motel in Gold Beach, Oregon, sometime during the day to stay there that night. However, they never arrived.

We wanted to make sure all the correct authorities had been alerted before blogging about it, but now it’s time to get the word out. A missing persons has also been filed. We’re all very worried and upset, and we want to see them come home safely. Here are some recent photos:


If you’ve seen them, please contact the SFPD at 415-558-5508 during normal business hours, and 415-553-1071 after hours. You may have seen the posting on Engadget already – I hope more bloggers pass this information around. I’ll update as more info becomes available.

Update: They were driving a 2005 silver Saab station wagon with license plate “DOESF,” after their store Doe on Haight St. This according to a Crave post that just went up.

Update: An article on SFGate.com about an aerial search for the Kim family:

An aerial search began today in Oregon for four members of a San Francisco family who went on a Thanksgiving road trip to the Pacific Northwest and were last seen nearly a week ago.

A command center was established in Salem, Ore., to coordinate search efforts of five agencies — the National Guard, the California Highway Patrol, the Coast Guard, the Oregon State Police and Douglas County (Ore.) Sheriff’s Department, authorities said.

26 thoughts on “James Kim

  1. This is very sad news. Reading on the CNet forums about the bad weather in that part of the woods, I just hope nothing serious happened to him and his family. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, and the whole CNet team. I pray to God that he is safe and not in serious harm.

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  5. I hope kim & his family are alright & get back to to San Franscisco soon. Hopefully the inclement weather there doesn’t affect their plans

  6. Wow, this is really hitting me unexpectedly. I mean, watching your Crave vodcast and listening to the MP3 Insider podcast makes me feel like I know the guy. He’s such a mild-mannered and down-to-earth gentleman and I really hope he and his family are safe.

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  8. This is worrisome news. I really hope he and his family are ok, and my thoughts are with everyone involved.

  9. I’m surprised, when i first saw the Kim picture I tough that you went to a party, but it is very sad to read that the good Kim is missing i hope good lord take him and he’s family safe to home.

  10. I spent a good hour and a half submitting the story to every Portland and Gold Beach media outlet I could find. I also tried CNN’s iReport. If i was in the area I’d be starting down every road I could.

    To those who don’t think you can do something — you can! This man is one of us. A techie. A webhead. A friend. It’s times like this that the citizen media/blogosphere/community roles that we all fight for and believe in step up and GET CREATIVE. Mainstream only publishes what it thinks matters. We need to tell them that this matters to a LOT of us. Step up, let your voice be heard.

    I’m just a single guy in Canada, but I sent over 60 emails last night to media outlets in Oregon. Sixty. A friend echoed my emails to media outlets all along the coast.

    This community NEEDS to stand up right now. We NEED to work together and attack the mainstream media in the area with all we’ve got. One of our own needs us.

    So step up! Join in. Help us FIND JAMES AND HIS FAMILY.

    Thank you.

  11. i am really worried, is this like they were kidnapped or they ran of the road somewhere, it said that is was snowey?

    I posted it to my blog and about 300 people have read it so far.

    I am preying for him and his family!!!


  12. I wonder if any of James friends or coworkers know what brand/model of GPS used in their car (or if portable), then possibly focus on using the paths of that specific GPS’s mapping sw route would have selected, since different mapping programs and GPS’s preferences may have selected different routes to the coast??

  13. does anyone know what brand/model gps or mapper sw was in their car or that they preferred? Maybe this would help find the route they took to the coast?

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  15. Dear Veronica, I saw your website after seeing you on the CNET website. Your advice is fun and free in spirit. Its quite literally funny and with such openess of heart, many inniocent people find learning from you easy. I have reason to believe that one site reports that Kim is dead, if this is true, then I can imagine the grief you have had to face. I only can say mate that if you are hopelessness at any time, put your attention inside and take a deep breath and be the best strength you can be. You are a very string and lively person. Keep the spirited work going and I will be simply amused by your antics over there. I too had to face such trauma in the past, so do not dismay be strong as you usually are. God Bless. from Peter

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