STEVENSON, Wash. (AP) - The search for a Japanese climber who disappeared in November on Mt St. Helens was suspended Saturday after his remains were found.
According to Skamania County Sherriff's office at around 2:00 PM this afternoon, searchers located male human remains near the 7100 foot level on the south slope of Mt St Helens.
Members from the North Country EMS Volcano Rescue Team, Olympic Mountain Rescue, Hood River Crag Rats, and Seattle Mountain Rescue located the remains which matched Yosuke Onishi, 27, who had been missing since 27 November, 2013.
He was reported missing after not returning to the Lone Fir Resort in Cougar, WA where was going to pick up his personal belongings, but Onishi never returned to the Lone Fir Resort.
The remains were located west of the normal south climbing route, and just below the crater rim. Personal effects located with the remains were consistent with what was reported to be himat the time he left from the Lone Fir Resort on November 27, 2013.
The Skamania County sheriff's office says more than 80 searchers with search dogs and technical mountain search and rescue teams will try to cover 18 square miles of rugged terrain this weekend.
They are looking for 27-year-old Yosuke Onishi who did not return Nov. 27 from a trip to climb to the summit of the volcano in southwest Washington. A search at the time found no trace of him