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Update: This article has been fully updated at the bottom.

According to the official Joint Base Lewis-McCord Facebook page, 1st Lt. Brian Yang is missing. Their most recent post says “The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office and Search & Rescue are actively searching for 1st Lt. Brian Yang, who they believe is a missing hiker in the Coldwater area of Mount. St. Helens. Yang, from JBLM, was last seen Sunday around noon at Coldwater Trail Head. Yang is a 25-year-old man of Asian descent and is 5-foot-8 with a fit build. He was last seen wearing a blue vest, black or red T-shirt, black or red shorts and blue shoes. If you have seen a person matching this description, please call the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office at 360-577-3092”.

The I-Corps has officially recognized his absence on Twitter, follow them for more news regarding this situation.

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“We are aware of First Lieutenant Yang’s absence and are actively engaged in the search,” said Col. Joey Sullinger, I Corps public affairs officer. ”If anyone has any information about First Lieutenant Yang’s whereabouts, we ask that you immediately contact the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office who is leading the search. We welcome any and all support to help find our Soldier.”

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Brian Yang, courtesy of Sheila Lor.

Yang’s older sister Sheila Lor posted the following about his disappearance: “Everyone, this is my younger brother, Brian. He’s currently in the military and lives in Tacoma, WA. He didn’t show up to work yesterday. This is very unlike Brian because he isn’t the type of person who just doesn’t show up to work without notice. He was last seen on Sunday morning going out for a run. The military sent out a search party and located his car parked on the side of the road near Mount St. Helens, about 2.5 hours away from his apartment. We believe he went there to prepare for a race that he plans to take part in next month. The military along with local authorities are actively searching for Brian this very moment at the South Coldwater Trailhead and surrounding areas, where they believe Brian might be. The search started last night and has been ongoing. Please pray for my brother!! We’ve been so worried about him and hope that he can return home to us safe and sound!! Please reach out to me if you have any information that could help us find him ASAP! Thank you ❤️.”

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What to do if you’ve seen 1st Lt. Brian Yang

About 130 JBLM service members are actively working on the ground with Cowlitz County Search & Rescue. If you have any information on his wear abouts, again please call the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office at 360-577-3092. There is also an active Facebook group to coordinate search efforts, any updates regarding Brian’s whereabouts will be posted on the “Bring Brian Yang Home” group.

“We appreciate the many heartfelt requests or offers to volunteer and help with the search. We spoke with the Cowlitz County Search & Rescue team and they said they will get the word out if they need additional people to help with search efforts” said the official JBLM Facebook page.

We will continue to update our blog post as information comes in. If you plan to help search for 1st Lt. Brian Yang, please be sure to participate in official efforts and make sure you are best trained and prepared for the task. A few key safety takeaways can be found here.

To contact the JBLM Office of Public Affairs, you can call them at 253-967-0148.

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Brian Yang, courtesy of Sheila Lor

Update: Missing hiker at Mount St. Helens found dead

The Reflector is reporting that Mr. Yang has been found, he did not survive. “A hiker who was reported missing earlier this week at Mount St. Helens has been found dead.

On Wednesday at about 1:50 p.m, hikers in the Mt. Whittier area called Cowlitz County 911 to report they had found an unresponsive person on a ridge below them.

Cowlitz Search and Rescue staff responded to the area and confirmed the person, who they identified as Brian Yang, was dead. Yang appeared to have fallen about 200 feet down a steep embankment, stated a news release from the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office. 

Before he was discovered, Yang, 25, was last seen at about noon on Sunday at the Coldwater Trailhead.

Yang was a first lieutenant at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. About 130 JBLM service members had joined the search for Yang, alongside Cowlitz County Search and Rescue. 

Because of the large scale of the operation, the release stated agencies will be on scene for several more hours as searchers return to the command post.”

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From all of us at VA the Fairway, Rest easy Lt. Yang

We could not be more heartbroken by this news. We are sending love and prayers to your family, and are so very sorry for their loss. We hope that yes rest easy, Sir. And thank you, from the bottom of our hearts for your Service to our great nation.

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