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Search suspended for man from Japan thought to be on Mt. St. Helens

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Yosuke Onishi, photo taken Nov. 26 near Cougar Yosuke Onishi, photo taken Nov. 26 near Cougar

Investigators have suspended the search for a missing man from Japan believed to have been attempting to climb Mount St. Helens.

Deputies in Cowlitz and Skamania counties said Wednesday there is no credible information on the possible whereabouts of Yosuke Onishi, 26, at this time.

Deputies said he set out Nov. 27 with hopes of climbing the mountain. Aerial and ground searches produced no results and hikers in the area have not reported seeing Onishi or anyone that appeared to be in distress.

Surveillance video from a store in the area where Onishi was seen getting into a car was reviewed by deputies, but no helpful information was obtained.

Onishi's mother and sister flew to Portland from their home in Japan last Friday. They drove with an interpreter to Cougar, WA and spoke to investigators.

Onishi is from the Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyushu. He is 5'9" and 150 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He is listed as a missing person in NCIC, the national law enforcement database.

A Cowlitz County deputy located a woman at a hotel in Portland who had hitchhiked with him to Cougar on Nov. 26. She said she left the area the following day and believed Onishi was intent on getting a ride up to Mount St. Helens.

Deputies are still hoping to locate a couple that drove Onishi up to the mountain. The owners of Lakeshore Store and Deli in Cougar reported that a man and woman were driving a gray or light brown passenger car the morning of Nov. 27 with Onishi inside.

The man had dark hair and the woman appeared to be of Asian descent. They had a small white dog in the car that may have been a poodle.

Anyone who has any information about this case is encouraged to call the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office at 360-577-3092. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 360-577-1206.

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