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2006-12-06

James Kim's Body Found

UPDATE 2: SF Chronicle final story with the best graphic of the area yet seen.

UPDATE: C|Net's obit.

Sadly, the body of James Kim was found today. SMS text transmissions to his cellphone were traced to the search area, which led to finding his wife and their children where their car had crashed. However, the cellular reception in that remote area was so poor that it would not sustain a voice call.

Wilderness experts advise you, do NOT leave your vehicle when lost. This was a sad example of that wisdom.

For more on how SMS will work, when cellphones don't work for voice, see this explanation. I've used it to communicate with folks out on the tundra near Barrow whose satphone batteries were running down, and knowing how it works could save you.