Relatives, friends of missing California family converge on Roseburg to continue search

Relatives, friends of missing California family converge on Roseburg to continue search »Play Video

PORTLAND, Ore. - Search and rescue crews continued to scour parts of rural southwest Oregon Sunday by land and air in the search for a San Francisco family missing for more than a week.

Police on Sunday also released new information about the car the family was driving when they disappeared Nov. 25 somewhere between Roseburg and the Oregon Coast.

The family's silver 2005 Saab 92X station wagon had visible damage from the driver's door up to the left quarter panel and wheel area, Oregon State Police said.

Officials are hoping someone remembers seeing the vehicle, which had a personalized license plate of "DOESF."

The new information comes a day after authorities turned up new clues tracing the family's path before their disappearance.

Credit card history information showed the family drove south from Portland on Nov. 25 and ate at a Roseburg Denny's restaurant about 8 p.m.

James Kim, 35, his wife, Kati, 30, and daughters, Penelope, 4, and Sabine, 7 months, were planning to stay that Saturday night at a lodge in Gold Beach on the Oregon Coast. They had called the lodge to have a key left for them because they planned to arrive late.

But the family never picked up the key or checked in, police said.

"We don't have any indication of foul play," Sgt. Roger Loomis of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said Saturday. "They were in Roseburg, they had dinner and they left and that's about the only information we have right now."  

Authorities don't believe they made it as far as Curry County, where Gold Beach is located.

Family members and friends have converged on Roseburg to do their own search and hand out fliers. They planned on searching Highway 42 again Sunday morning. It links Interstate 5 to the coast. The family has also rented several helicopters to aid in the search.

"The burden and the anxiety is markedly intensified by the fact that we have two little girls involved," said Kati Kim's father, Phil Fleming, in a phone interview.

About 40 people from various police agencies on Sunday searched remote roads in southwestern Oregon. Some of the roads are narrow and curvy and bordered by steep embankments, Oregon State Police said. Others are near the 4,000-foot level with section of roughly six inches of snow making travel difficult. 

The family had traveled to the Pacific Northwest over the Thanksgiving holiday and were heading back home to California when they vanished.

Anyone with information on the Kim family is asked to call 911, or the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center dispatch at (800) 452-7888, or the San Francisco Police Department Missing Persons Unit, (415) 558-5508.