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GRANTS PASS, Oregon (AP) -- Three members of a San Francisco family missing for more than a week were found alive Monday in a remote area of southern Oregon, police said.
A search continued for the father. Investigators said a helicopter spotted 30-year-old Kati Kim waving an umbrella about 1:45 p.m. PST.
At 12:03 p.m. the body of the San Francisco man was found in the steep narrow canyon where searchers had followed his trail, said teary-eyed Josephine County Undersheriff Brian Anderson, surrounded by dozens of reporters. He could not continue talking. That's when Lt. Gregg Hastings stepped in.
Questionable directions given by online mapping services could have contributed to the death of James Kim, who perished while trying to save his stranded family.
When using the Yahoo Maps, MapQuest and Google Maps online services to plot directions from Grants Pass to Gold Beach, Yahoo and MapQuest both recommend taking the same, safer highway route, while Google suggests a shortcut through roads that become dangerous in winter.
It hasn't been definitively confirmed which online mapping service, if any, the Kim family used for directions.
The shortcut route is actually an improved old BLM access road, gravel and dirt. It's also very clear within the first few miles before hitting any snow that this is offroad territory.
Some of you may remember the Kalmiopsis Wilderness fire a few years back. The fire raged for months because (growers disgused as) environmentalists have lobbied for years to keep road improvments out of there, there was no access to fight it. The Wild Rogue Wilderness is the same way. That shortcut is an agony even in the summer and while it is a shortcut in miles it takes several hours longer than the Redwood Highway.
I don't know, I have a feeling this is probably best attributed to stubborness. He should have turned around. I've been on all these roads for years and anyone can see this is not a road to be on if you don't know where you're going.
Sad outcome, to say the least.