MANTON -- A missing Berkeley man and his girlfriend were found dead in a rural area in Shasta County after "an adventure went wrong," according to the man's mother.
Eric Eide, 54, and Camille Kober, 52, were found Friday on land owned by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. near the city of Manton, where Eide's family owned property.
According to Eide's mother, Mary Stewart, Eide was up at his family's homestead with Kober, helping to keep the home up and running when the two went out to possibly look for artifacts or knickknacks and got caught in a frigid storm.
Eide, who was born and raised in Berkeley and was a pilot who worked out of Oakland International Airport, liked to collect items as he was also once an antique mechanic, said Stewart, 86, also a Berkeley resident.
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"He went up there, maintained the yard, the watering," Stewart said. "He really enjoyed himself, they really enjoyed themselves (up there). But it was terribly cold. Why they went out, I don't know."
Stewart said she was told by authorities that it was possible Kober, who lived with Eide in Berkeley, broke her ankle after she got caught in a Manzanita bush.
Unable to move, Eide stayed with Kober, Stewart was told, and they both died.
However, the couple's cause of death will not be officially determined until tests are completed by the county coroner.
The couple had been together for six or seven years, Stewart said.
"He stayed with her, and died on the spot ... he was always protective of her, and she was good for him," she said. "I have heard hypothermia is an easy death. You just go to sleep," she added before she began to cry.
The couple was reported missing Dec. 24, and a PG&E employee reported seeing the pair walking onto the utility's land.
Stewart said she was informed of her son's disappearance after a neighbor called her and said they had found his truck near the PG&E building, with keys still in the car.
A company helicopter reported seeing an orange piece of cloth in a densely wooded area, and reported it to authorities, who found the bodies.
The Sheriff's Office said there was no evidence of foul play.
It appears Kober and Eide became disoriented during a storm, when temperatures dropped and it became dark, authorities said.
In a place where multiple people have gone missing in recent years, Stewart said the home was a place where people could go "off the grid."
"It was to be his home, if he wanted it," Stewart said. " ... It was an adventure that went wrong."
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Contact Katie Nelson at 925-945-4780 or follow her at Twitter.com/katienelson210.