The family of British actor Julian Sand said they were grateful for the revived search efforts to find him five months after he disappeared while hiking in the snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains.
Since Sands went missing on Jan. 13, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has conducted eight searches. Their most recent search mission, Saturday, included more than 80 volunteers, staff and deputies, but yielded no results.
The family of the actor, known for his role in Arachnaphobia and the Oscar-nominated A Room With a View, issued a heartfelt message that was posted on the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Twitter page.
‘We are deeply grateful to the search team and coordinators who worked tirelessly to find Julian,’ the family said in a statement.
‘We hold Julian in our hearts with fond memories of him as a wonderful father, husband, adventurer, lover of the natural world and the arts and an original and collaborative performer.’
Sands, known for his roles in Oscar-nominated films including 1985’s A Room With a View, went missing on January 13 after his family went missing during a trek in the Mount Baldy area of California’s San Gabriel Mountains.
The Sands family issued a heartfelt message Wednesday that was posted on the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Twitter page.
Search helicopters: The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department issued a press release Monday announcing an ongoing search effort in the Mount Baldy Wilderness area on Saturday.
Saturday’s mission included two helicopters, drone crews and aerial searches that searched some of the more remote areas across Mount Baldy.
Mara Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, told Newstimesuk.com that the actor’s missing person case ‘remains active and search efforts will continue in a limited capacity.’
He added that crews were working through unpredictable weather.
‘Despite the recent warm weather, parts of the mountain remain inaccessible due to extreme alpine conditions,’ he said.
‘Several areas include steep terrain and valleys, which still have more than 10 feet of ice and snow.
Mount Baldy towers over Los Angeles and is about 10,064 feet high.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the mountain is described by skilled hikers as one of the deadliest mountains in the United States and has one of the worst records for deaths and injuries in the United States.
Since 2020, there have been more than 100 searches for missing hikers on Mount Baldy, with six confirmed deaths, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
In January, Sand’s brother Nick said he still hoped his brother would prove his growing fears wrong and make it out alive.
Actor Julian Sands and his wife, American journalist Evgenia Sitkowitz, married in 1990 and share two children together.
Search crews are working tirelessly to trace the famous actor. Their last search mission included more than 80 search and rescue volunteers, deputies and staff. Two helicopters, drone crews and aerial search were deployed during the mission to search some more remote areas across Mount Baldy, but the missing thespian was not found.
On Monday, the Sheriff’s Department gave an update on Twitter, sharing video of volunteers flying in helicopters over the weekend as part of the search for Sand.
Sands, known for his roles in Oscar-nominated films including 1985’s A Room with a View, was reported missing by his family in January after he disappeared while on a trek in the Mount Baldy area of California’s San Gabriel Mountains.
A car believed to belong to the Killing Fields star has been recovered near Mount Baldy, considered one of the most dangerous mountains in the United States.
The father-of-three, a keen outdoorsman who has climbed mountains around the world, starred opposite Helena Bonham Carter in the 1985 period drama A Room With a View and has also appeared in The Killing Fields, Arachnophobia and Living Las Vegas. His TV credits include 24 and the superhero show Smallville.
Sands has two daughters with American journalist Evgenia Sitkowitz, whom he married in 1990, and a son, Henry, with his first wife Sarah Sands, former editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
Sands was born in Yorkshire, northern England in 1958 to mother Brenda who raised him and his four brothers alone after her divorce.
He was privately educated at Lord Wandsworth College, a boarding school in the Hampshire countryside, before jumping into acting.
The star initially appeared in minor roles, starring opposite Anthony Hopkins in the 1983 TV film A Married Man, and in Privates on Parade, about a Malaysian military entertainment group in the late 1940s.
His first major production was 1984’s The Killing Fields, an acclaimed historical drama about the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.
Sands played journalist John Swain in the triple-Oscar-winning film.
But the following year it was her turn in the adaptation of the classic EM Forster novel A Room with a View that propelled Sands to stardom.
Portraying the philosopher and freethinker George Emerson, he falls in love with Helena Bonham Carter’s Lucy Honeychurch in the classic period drama Florentine Pension.
The pair locked lips in a poppyfield that is considered one of the most romantic on-screen kisses of all time.
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