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August 18, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Remains found on Mount St. Helens ID’ed as Japanese climber

Human remains found near the top of Mount St. Helens on Aug. 9 have been identified as a Japanese climber who went missing in November, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

Yosuke Onishi, 27, had planned to summit the mountain on Nov. 27 but never returned. The sheriff’s office said the remains were found at the 7,100-foot level, just below the crater rim, west of the normal southern climbing route.

Undersheriff Dave Cox said searchers had previously flown over the area several times, but they assume that snow had kept the body from view until earlier this month.

The cause of death has not been determined.

“Once the reports are forwarded from the Medical Examiner’s Office, our coroner can hopefully make an official determination on cause of death,” Cox said in a statement.

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