James Kim

February 12, 2011 by staff 

James Kim, A desperate attempt to survive the family nine days of brutal winter lost in the wilderness of Oregon airs exclusively on a two-hour edition of “20/20″ Friday night. It was Thanksgiving 2006 when the Kim family from San Francisco has disappeared without a trace. James Kim was traveling with his wife Kati and their two young children four years and seven months, when they took a wrong turn in a snowstorm and became hopelessly lost deep in the wilderness of Oregon.

For nine days, questions mounted … Where were the Kims? What happened to them? Were they alive? “Families are not just disappear,” said a rescuer. But Kim did and their story has riveted and shocked the nation. “Wrong Turn” is the definitive account of this poignant story of love, hope, despair, sacrifice, death and, ultimately, survival.
Kati Kim was on 20/20 Friday night, giving details of her ordeal the family after she and her husband James with their children, were stranded in a snowstorm in 2006. In a special report 20/20, Kati Kim told her story, five years after the tragedy.

Kati Kim survival story and the tragic death of her husband James Kim are simply appalling!

On November 17, 2006 Kati and James Kim, with their two young daughters Penelope and Sabine took a trip that turned into a nightmare. The family left San Francisco for a weekend road trip but after a series of wrong turns, the Kim family got lost in the wilderness of Oregon.

After losing and the snow began to fall, the Kim parked their car and ate their remaining food packed. After seven nights stuck in the desert, deep snow, the family had lost all hope. Their gas is gone and the food ran out. Kati started breastfeeding Sabine and Penelope to keep them alive.

Survivors include Jessie, the family home, son, Lance (Pansy) James and her daughter, Michelle Henderson, all of Arkansas; stepchildren, Deborah (Terry) Hoefle, Seattle, Washington, Skip (Shelly) Burnett Del Norte, and Billie (Brian) Culp, La Veta, grandchildren, Lakyn and Tory James, James Henderson and Ashley Tyler (Ginny) and Justin Hoefle, Candace Collins and Jamie Burnett and Mandy (Bryon) Roberts; great grandchildren -children, Valerie, Ethan and Luke Roberts brothers, Jesse D. James, Bullhead City, Arizona, Bruce (Ronnie) and Jody James (Barbara) James, all of Kremmling, Colo., sisters, Bonnie and Peggy James (Andy) Naranjo, Monte Vista, and many nephews, nieces and cousins, and many friends.

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