The search for the Kim family in Southern Oregon’s rugged mountain country last month was marred by personality conflicts, confusion and poor communication, according to an official investigation into the search effort released Thursday.
The report by the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association found searchers often had little idea who was running things. Some told investigators that they “were inserted into the search, removed and then asked to go back in what seemed like conflicting orders without explanation.” Kati Kim retraces tragic journey in the Oregonian.
The report takes pains not to assign blame and says the issues identified by investigators “did not affect timelines” in the search for the Kims. But the problems described in the report are numerous.