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In a tragic turn of events putting the two week long man hunt to an end, the body of CNET editor James Kim has been located.

The Kim family went missing on November 25, after passing an Interstate 5 turnoff while traveling to the Pacific Northwest for the Thanksgiving holiday. Unfortunately, the route that they chose was closed for the winter and lead the family into the wilderness, where they remained lost for two weeks.

Kati Kim, wife of the deceased, told officers that the family had been traveling south from Portland on Interstate 5 and missed the turnoff to a state highway, Oregon 42, that leads through the Coast Range to Gold Beach, where they had been planning to stay in a resort.

A private helicopter, hired by family members, located Kati Kim and her two daughters on Monday in good condition. There was no sign of James Kim, however, who braved the weather on foot to get help.

Four helicopters and around 100 volunteers searched for Kim to no avail; that is until today. While flying over a heavily wooded area of Merlin, Oregon, the pilot caught a glimpse which turned out to be the body of the missing CNET editor.

Josephine County Undersheriff Brian Anderson said, “They got the map out — a regular highway map — that showed the route.”

Officials are unsure of the map used by the family, as the 2005-2007 state highway map distributed by the Oregon Department of Transportation clearly warns travelers of the road’s seasonal closing. However, a Rand-McNally map did not have a similar warning.

According to the CNET, where he was Senior Editor, James Kim, “covered digital audio who also co-hosted a weekly video podcast for the Crave gadgets blog. He had been writing a book on Microsoft’s Zune MP3 player. Formerly, he was an on-air personality on the now-defunct cable television network TechTV.”

Anyone wishing to send their condolences to the family of James Kim may do so at a website that was made available immediately following the recovery of his body.

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Autmn Davis is a staff writer for WebProNews covering ebusiness and technology.

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