Family thanks California officials for ‘heroic’ search

Julian Sands

Julian Sands missing for 11 days

The family of missing British actor Julian Sands has thanked California officials for their efforts to find him.

They also said they were “deeply touched” by the “outpouring of love and support” they had received.

Sands, 65, went missing on January 13 while hiking in the Baldy Bowl neighborhood of the San Gabriel Mountains north of Los Angeles.

Last week, his car was found next to where it was reported missing.

In a statement released on the 11th day after Mr. Sands went missing, the family described a “heroic search team” grappling with difficult weather conditions “on the ground and in the air to bring Julian home.” ” was praised.

California has been hit by a deadly storm, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has received more than a dozen calls over the past four weeks in and around Mount San Antonio, locally known as Mount Baldi. I said I responded. It warned hikers to “stay away” from the area.

“It’s very dangerous and even experienced hikers get into trouble,” the agency said. In early January, a mother of four, who friends called her an experienced hiker, died after sliding more than 500 feet (152 meters) down Mount Baldi.

Last week, a sheriff’s spokesperson told PA News Agency that conditions were still too dangerous for ground crews to operate due to winter weather, and the search would only be conducted by helicopter.

Born in Yorkshire, Sands has appeared in a number of films and TV shows, but it was his lead role in the 1985 British romance film A Room With A View that made him world-famous. .

He lives in the North Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles with his wife, writer Evgenia Sitkowicz. they have two children.

Sands has spoken in the past about his love of hiking and climbing.

When asked what made him happy in 2020, he replied: “Close to the summit on a wonderful cold morning.”