Search suspended for missing hiker near Mount St. Helens

Search suspended for missing hiker near Mount St. Helens
Yosuke Onishi.

Sheriff’s deputies have called off the search for a missing hiker near Mount St. Helens after they said efforts from the air and ground to find him were unsuccessful.

Yosuke Onishi, 26, set out to hike the mountain Nov. 27 but hasn’t been seen or heard from since. He’s from the Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan.

Deputies spoke to other hikers in the area but no one said they had seen Onishi. And Onishi’s mother, Tokiko Onishi, and sister, Ayako Onishi, flew to the United States last Friday. They spoke to deputies, through an interpreter, in Cougar, Wash.

Deputies say they still want to find the couple who dropped Yosuke Onishi off near the mountain.

Police say the owners of Lakeshore Store and Deli in Cougar told them the couple, a male and a female, drove a gray or light brown passenger car the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 27.

The man had dark hair and the female appeared to be Asian, deputies said. The couple had a small white dog that was possibly a poodle.

On store surveillance video, Onishi could be seen getting into a car. Deputies said they looked at the video but it revealed no helpful clues.

Onishi is 5 feet 9 inches tall, has brown eyes and black hair. He was wearing a black coat and dark pants when last seen.

If you have any information, please call 360-577-3092. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call CrimeStoppers at 360-577-1206.