PORTAGE, Mich. (AP) — Family members of a missing Michigan man who disappeared one week ago while visiting snow- and ice-covered Mount Fuji in Japan remain hopeful he'll be found alive, his father said Friday.
"Hopefully he's alive, and we're praying," he said. "It's gonna take God to be involved in this."
Jerry Johnson said the family has been in regular contact with officials in Japan, but as of Friday morning had not heard anything new about his son.
District police Deputy Chief Iwao Sato said that heavy snow Friday in Japan prevented crews from looking for Johnson. The 33-year-old is from the western Michigan community of Portage.
Sato has said one other person is missing and a third has died this winter on the 12,388-foot peak.
The Consulate General of Japan in Detroit said Johnson was last seen Jan. 13, and his car was later found parked at Mount Fuji. According to Eaton Corp., Johnson is a software engineer who joined the company in 2003. He is described as an avid hiker and outdoorsman.