Soldier reported missing near Mount St. Helens found dead

Deputies said the body of an Army lieutenant who was reported missing near Mount St. Helens was found Wednesday.

KOIN-TV reported First Lieutenant Brian Yang was last seen at the Coldwater Trail Head around 12 p.m. on Sunday.

Cowlitz County deputies said hikers in the Mt. Whittier area called Cowlitz 911 Tuesday to report finding a hiker on a ridge below.

The person was unresponsive and was wearing similar clothes to Yang, deputies said.

Search and rescue crews responded to the area and identified the subject as Yang, who was deceased.

According to deputies, it appeared Yang fell about 200 feet down a very steep embankment.

In a Facebook post, Yang’s older sister said he lives in Tacoma and didn’t come to work Monday.

🚨 Brian Yaj is missing 🚨 EDITED: If there are any leads regarding Brian’s whereabouts, please call Cowlitz County...

Posted by Sheila Lor on Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Cowlitz County sheriff at 360-577-3092.