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Ohio man found alive after nearly a week missing on Mount St. Helens

Crews are searching for 40-year-old Matthew Matheny who left to go to Mount St. Helens Thursday and never came home. The vehicle he was driving was found near the Blue Lake Trail Saturday. Photo courtesy Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office

COUGAR, Wash. – A man who has been missing in the wilderness around Mount St. Helens for nearly a week has been found alive, rescue officials said.

Rescue crews had been searching for 40-year-old Matthew B. Matheny from Warren, Ohio since Saturday morning. They say he was last seen about 7 a.m. Thursday, driving his friend’s gray Subaru Outback.

According to officials, he was found alive Wednesday on the flanks of the mountain.

He’s being flown to a hospital in a Life Flight helicopter ambulance.

Matheny was conscious and talking with rescue teams when he was found. While it doesn't appear he had any life-threatening injuries, hospital staff will give him an evaluation.

Based on Matheny’s cell phone records, he traveled several miles up towards Mount St. Helens along the Blue Lake Trail.

Deputies said they found his friend's Subaru at the Blue Lake Trailhead on Saturday.

Other hikers who were out there over the weekend said they saw a man in the area who was wearing a gray sweatshirt, shorts and sandals – which matches what Matheny had on when he went missing.

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