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Remains found on Mount St. Helens believed to be missing Japanese man

Posted: Updated: Aug 10, 2014 11:48 AM
Yosuke Onishi, 27, was last seen Nov. 27 Yosuke Onishi, 27, was last seen Nov. 27

Search teams located human remains on the south slope of Mount St. Helens consistent with a Japanese man who was reported missing on Nov. 27.

Yosuke Onishi, 27, left the Lone Fir Resort in Cougar, WA, the morning he disappeared with plans to summit the mountain via the Climbers Bivouac.

Onishi never returned to the resort to pick up his personal belongings. Extensive searches in the area back in November and December turned up nothing.

Search teams found the remains west of the normal south climbing route, just below the crater rim. Personal belongings located with the remains were consistent with what was reported to be with Onishi at the time of his departure from the resort on Nov. 27.

Onishi's mother and sister flew to Portland from their home in Japan during the initial search efforts late last year. They drove with an interpreter to Cougar, WA and spoke to investigators.

Onishi is from the Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyushu.

Thirteen different agencies from Washington and Oregon participated in search efforts.

"We chose this weekend to do a final search because of the excellent weather forecast and the receding snow levels," said Undersheriff Dave Cox. "The area where the remains were found was an area that was flown several times during the initial searches. It is an assumption that snow had kept him from view until the warm weather had set in, finally revealing his location."

The Clark County medical examiner will begin the identification process of the remains next week.

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