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The City of Mountain View is located about 40 miles (64 km) southeast of San Francisco, California. Mountain View is home to many technology companies, and is where Adobe Systems was originally founded.


With an estimated population of 82,376 as of 2021, Mountain View is the 105th most populous city in the state of California.[1]


Adobe Systems was founded in Mountain View on December 19, 1982 and had its headquarters located on Charleston Road. However, Adobe co-founder Charles Geschke was kidnapped from the company parking lot on May 26, 1992 and held for ransom for 4 days before being freed by the FBI.[2] In a separate incident on September 5, 1992, Adobe engineer Laurie Houts was found murdered less than 2 miles from the company's offices. Adobe has since relocated to San Jose and the surrounding area in Mountain View is now home to the campus headquarters of Google.[3][4]


  1. U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Mountain View city, California. Retrieved on February 27, 2021.
  2. "FBI rescues a kidnapped businessman". The New York Times. p. B7. Accessed December 31, 2010.
  3. Victim's family reacts to arrest in Mountain View cold-case murder by Malea Martin, Mountain View Voice. 2022-07-11.
  4. Tech CEO arrested again on suspicion of murdering Bay Area woman in 1992 by Katie Dowd, San Francisco Chronicle. 2022-07-12.

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