A 26-year-old Japanese man who may have set out to hike Mount St. Helens has been missing since Nov. 27, said the Cowlitz and Skamania Sheriff’s offices.
They said search-and-rescue efforts have been unsuccessful in locating Yosuke Onishi, who may have started his hike from a spot called Climbers Bivouac.
A Cowlitz sheriff’s deputy did locate a woman at a hostel in Portland who had hitchhiked on Nov. 26 with Onishi to the small town of Cougar in Cowlitz County.
The woman left the area the next day and believed Onishi was intent on finding a ride up to Mount St. Helens.
A Skamania Sheriff’s deputy said an employee at the Lone Fir Resort in Cougar reported that Onishi borrowed snow shoes, and apparently left a sleeping bag at the registration desk.
But on Nov. 30, the sleeping bag was gone, and it’s not known who picked it up.
The owner of the Lakeshore Store & Deli in Cougar told a deputy that Onishi had gotten into a grey or light brown passenger car on Nov. 27 with a couple who had a small white dog.
The couple later stopped by the store and said that Onishi “was still up there” – presumably the starting point to hike the mountain — and they wanted to let someone know because they were a little concerned about him.
Deputies would like to interview the couple who gave Onishi a ride.
Anyone with information can call 360-577-3092.
If they wish to remain anonymous, they can call Cowlitz Crime Stoppers at 360-577-1206.