Oregon authorities find note left near Kim
By Lara Moscrip, Jenna Lane and Brent Begin,
Bay City News Service
December 7, 2006
The Oregon authorities who searched by air, foot and raft for
missing San Francisco man James Kim said they recovered a note
left on a road they searched during the process of finding Kim's
body this afternoon.
According to Josephine County, Ore. Undersheriff Brian Anderson,
there was "an SOS, an 8 1/2-by-11 inch SOS" on a road
traveled during the search.
An Oregon state medical examiner will perform the autopsy on
Kim's body this evening and information is planned for release
Thursday, according to Anderson.
According to Anderson, Kim's body was found "about a half-mile
from where he started," close to the Kim family's car.
Robert Graham led the Eugene, Ore. mountain rescue team and reported
the difficulty of navigating the terrain.
"It's very rough ... just spending one day out here is exhausting,"
Graham said. He added that one positive outcome of the search
is the fact that James Kim's body was recovered.
"Just the resolution that he was found is good for everyone,
I believe," Graham said.
He also noted how difficult it was for searchers to make progress
in the search for Kim.
"An hour of hiking was exhausting. There's a lot of cliffs
to climb, a lot of fallen timber ... I'm amazed, we spent hours
down there and we made very little distance," Graham said.
A swift water rescue team led by Joe Hyatt swam and waded through
water in Big Windy Creek, not far from the creek bed where Kim
Members of the team were in an area that had been identified
by heat sensors as a "heat point" and entered the creek
with special dry suits.
Hyatt also noted the difficulty of searching in the difficult
"It's very deceiving. When you're up in the mountains, it's
nice and peaceful, but in creek drainages, we dropped about 800
vertical feet in about 500 meters," Hyatt said.
Kim's body was found shortly after noon yesterday within a half
mile of the Rogue River, approximately five miles down the Big
Windy Creek drainage area where search and rescue crews had concentrated
their efforts, Anderson said.
Kim's wife and two young daughters were found in their stranded
car on Monday. Kim had left them to find help on Saturday, one
week after they went missing.
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