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Up to 100 people to search for missing Japanese man on Mt. St. Helens

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Yosuke Onishi hasn't been seen since November, but sheriff's deputies hope a two-day search this weekend will bring closure to family and friends. Yosuke Onishi hasn't been seen since November, but sheriff's deputies hope a two-day search this weekend will bring closure to family and friends.
COUGAR, WA (KPTV) -

A Japanese man who disappeared on Mount St. Helens eight months ago will be the focus of a large-scale search by volunteer rescue crews this weekend.

Yosuke Onishi, 27, was reported missing back on Nov. 27. He left the Lone Fir Resort in Cougar that morning and planned to summit the mountain by way of the Climbers Bivouac.

From the Lone Fir Resort, he received a ride from a couple with a dog, and then was believed to have been dropped off at the Bivouac area.

Onishi never returned to the Lone Fir Resort to pick up his personal effects and he hasn't been seen since despite extensive searching in the area in November and December. A subsequent in-depth investigation by the Cowlitz and Skamania sheriff's offices did not reveal his whereabouts.

Nor did it reveal the names of the couple who dropped off Onishi at the trailhead. The sheriff's office still wants to speak with them. The couple was driving a gray or light brown passenger car the morning of Nov. 27 with Onishi inside. The man had dark hair and the woman appeared to be of Asian descent; they had a small white dog in the car that may have been a poodle.

This weekend's search will span two days, and there will be about 80 to 100 search and rescue members on the mountain, as well as K-9 teams.

"We have a very formidable task ahead of us for the next two days", said Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox.

Cox said the sheriff's office is hopeful that this weekend's search "will bring closure to this incident for Mr. Onishi's family and friends."

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