We've been hoping against hope that this wouldn't happen, my heart is so heavy. James Kim was found deceased.
Those kids are so lucky to have parents like Kati and James - they did everything they could to ensure their children are safe. And finally, James gave his life trying to make sure his family would be found. As I father, I hope he knows they are safe, and therefore he knows he did his job as well as any of us could hope to do in his situation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Kati, Penelope Sabine and the entire family. Our entire company is grieving today.
UPDATE: I've overheard many questions in the news this afternoon about the decisions James took to go search last Saturday instead of staying with Kati, the kids and the car, and also his decision to leave the road.
I am simply speculating here, but here's a theory that makes sense to me, and those decisions strike me as incredibly heroic and amazingly thoughtful for two people who're out in the wilderness fighting for the lives of their kids.
If you think about this in terms of ensuring Penelope and Sabine come out ok, something quite amazing comes out : in both cases James and Kati did the things that would increase the probability of the kids being found, even though in each case, the choice lowered James' own chance of survival and would have been heartbreaking to make.
After 7 days of staying with the car and being together, the fact that James leaves to search for help increases the chances of *either* him or kati and kids being found. And if he's found or gets help, he can direct help back to the kids. If the kids are found, then that's the outcome they are hoping for. So his leaving increases the probability of the kids coming out ok. The decision to the leave the road is the same - if James continues along the same road it wouldn't necessarily increase the chance that *either* he or Kati and the kids are found, because someone finding James would likely also then find the car. So he left the road, hoping to increase the total odds in his kids favor.
James and Kati made the heartbreaking decisions to help increase the odds for their kids survival, and they did this after keeping it together for a week in the freezing cold. They are both heroes.
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