Julian Sands missing: Avalanche risk as air search resumed for missing actor

Julian Sands: Who is the Hollywood British actor missing in California?

Ground crews are still unable to continue their search efforts for missing actor Julian Sands, due to the risk of avalanches in the area.

Mr Sands, 65, was reported missing during a hiking trip in the Baldy Bowl area of ​​the San Gabriel mountains on January 13, as searches by local authorities continue for “helicopter and drones when weather permits”.

“The air search is being summarized, but we have not been able to resume a ground search yet due to icy conditions and a threat of avalanches,” Gloria Huerta, Public Information Officer for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department told the BBC on Friday.

She said there was still “no time set” for when they would begin again.

In other news, the phone belonging to Mr Sands appears to show he was on the move heading into a mountainous area in southern California on the day he was reported missing.

The search has been ramped up of late as officials use mobile phone forensics to help pinpoint the location of the actor.

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Avalanche risk as air search summarized for missing actor

Ground crews are still unable to continue their search efforts for missing actor Julian Sands, due to the risk of avalanches in the area.

Mr Sands, 65, was reported missing during a hiking trip in the Baldy Bowl area of ​​the San Gabriel mountains on Friday, as searches by local authorities continue for “helicopter and drones when weather permits”.

“The air search is being summarized, but we have not been able to resume a ground search yet due to icy conditions and a threat of avalanches,” Gloria Huerta, Public Information Officer for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department told the BBC on Friday.

She said there was still “no time set” for when they would begin again.

Emily Atkinson21 January 2023 12:30

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Fellow mountain climber shares tribute after bonding on Mount Kilimanjaro trip

A mountain climber named Sarah Crosby has shared a tribute to Julian Sands, having met him during an excursion on Mount Kilimanjaro.

“Praying for Julian Sands, who we got to know on Mt. Kilimanjaro,” she wrote on Twitter on Sunday evening. “He gifted us with Shakespeare and Keats and was the first person to capture us as an engaged couple.

“He even carried a hunk of the mountain down to present to us. He is such a beautiful soul.”

Nicole Vassell23 January 2023 08:15

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Who is Julian Sands?

As the search for Julian Sands continues in southern California, The Independent‘s Louis Chilton has looked back on the actor’s life and prolific career so far.

Born in Otley, West Yorkshire in 1958, the actor began his career with supporting roles in projects such as 1984’s oxford blues and The Killing Fieldsin which he played journalist Jon Swain.

In the years since, he has starred in many more films and won a Golden Globe for his supporting role in Leaving Las Vegas.

Nicole Vassell23 January 2023 07:45

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Good morning, and thank you for returning to our coverage of the search for Hollywood actor, Julian Sands.

The star of Arachnophobia and A Room with a View was reported missing during a hiking trip in the Baldy Bowl area of ​​the San Gabriel mountains on Friday.

As of Monday morning, there have been no major updates and Sands remains missing as reports continue of adverse weather conditions in southern California.

Most recently, authorities have been searching by air, as there is still a risk of causing an avalanche with a ground search.

In addition to Julian Sands, rescuers in Los Angeles county are also currently searching the San Gabriel range for missing 61-year-old hiker Robert Gregory.

Nicole Vassell23 January 2023 07:15

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Thanks for following along with our coverage of the search for Julian Sands.

We are pausing the blog for now, but here is the latest on the missing actor:

Julian Sands: Air search continues for missing British actor in California

Air search crews are continuing to look for British actor Julian Sands more than a week after he went missing in California. Sands, who has starred in The Killing Fields and A Room With a View has been missing since Friday, January 13. The 65-year-old is thought to have been hiking along the popular Baldy Bowl Trail in the San Gabriel Mountains the day he disappeared. This news report details the current situation as teams continue to search for the English actor. Click here to sign up for our newsletters.

Holly Bancroft23 January 2023 00:45

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Friend describes strength of Sands’ love for family

A friend has described the strength of Julian Sands’ love for his wife and children.

“His total and absolute adoration is always towards his wife the novelist and screenwriter Evgenia Citkowitz by whom he has two daughters,” they told The Independent.

“And his son Henry by his first wife the journalist Sarah Sands is closely bonded to him and joined the search for him in the Californian mountains where he went missing.

Andy Gregory22 January 2023 22:59

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At least 19 people killed in California storms

According to the sheriff’s department, it has launched 14 search and rescue missions in the Mount Baldy area alone over the past month, with two hikers dying on the mountain.

In addition to Julian Sands, rescuers in Los Angeles county are also currently searching the San Gabriel range for missing 61-year-old hiker Robert Gregory.

Andy Gregory22 January 2023 21:51

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No fixed deadline for end of search, authorities say

US authorities have said that there is still “no hard deadline” for calling off the search for Julian Sands.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s department said that the incident was still being classified as a search and rescue operation.

“We will schedule another ground search when the weather improves, and it is safe for our ground crews,” a spokesperson from the department said.

(Reuters)

Holly Bancroft22 January 2023 20:20

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Helicopter search still under way

The helicopter search is still under way for missing actor Julian Sands, with US authorities using mobile phone forensics to try and pinpoint his location.

Both national and state officials are working to help find Mr Sands. On Friday, the country sheriff’s department revealed that pings from the actor’s phone appeared to show that he was on the move on the day he was reported missing.

A spokesperson for the department said: “We are working with state and federal agencies that have cell phone forensics to assist us in pinpointing a location, but so far no new info has been developed.”

(Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Holly Bancroft22 January 2023 18:33

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The last known pictures of Sands mountaineering

The family of Julian Sands have shared with The Independent the last known images of him mountaineering.

Poignant photographs that he sent to his grandson Billy in September show him looking relaxed and happy while climbing the 14,783ft Weisshorn mountain in the Swiss Alps.

The Weisshorn, a three-ridged pyramid-shaped mountain about 15 miles from the Matterhorn, is described by climbing experts as “more serious” than its famous neighbour. “One of the most difficult 4,000m peaks, the Weisshorn is a long and serious climb by any route,” according to Alpine Guides.

(Supplied)

Andy Gregory22 January 2023 17:04

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