‘No deadline’ to cancel Julian Sands search: authorities

‘No deadline’ to cancel Julian Sands search: authorities

Authorities say there is still “no deadline” to call off the search for Julian Sands, a week after the British actor was reported missing in the mountains of southern California.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said the incident was still classified as a search and rescue operation, although snow, sleet and fog continued to hamper operations on foot.

As of Thursday night, high-altitude visibility in the Mount Baldy area remained poor, and searches were planned to continue when conditions permitted.

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

The spokesperson added that there was “no strict deadline” for abandoning search efforts and “no date was set.”

Earlier Thursday, the Sands family towed their car from a parking lot where it was discovered during the search.

Mount Baldy residents noted the “extreme” conditions, but said they would not “rule anything out” in the mission to find Sands.

“Conditions can be extreme and even as residents we don’t hike this time of year…it’s sketchy, it can be very dangerous,” Stephanie Coyne told PA at Mount Baldy.

“In previous years, other people have gone missing and (people) are injured every year.”

Ms Coyne, who works at Mount Baldy Ski Resort, said the adverse weather conditions were “typical” for the time of year.

“People have been found, it can happen. I would not rule anything out, the whole situation is unfortunate,” she said.

Sands was reported missing in the Baldy Bowl area of ​​the San Gabriel Mountains on the night of January 13, with local authorities continuing searches using “helicopter and drone weather permitting.”

Ms Coyne added that there have been other cases of hikers “falling” in the same area in recent weeks.

Jaqueline Miller-Weaver, another resident, who works at the Mount Baldy sled shop, told PA: “It’s very difficult…the conditions are really bad.

“There is a lot of ice in some areas, even crampons wouldn’t help you,” he added.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department previously urged hikers to “think twice and heed warnings” following treacherous weather in the region, saying its search and rescue teams had responded to 14 calls on Mount Baldy and surrounding areas for the last four weeks.

The Yorkshire-born Sands is known for his starring role as the free-spirited George in the period drama A Room With A View, in which he starred opposite Helena Bonham Carter, Sir Daniel Day-Lewis, Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith. .

He has also appeared in Leaving Las Vegas and Warlock, as well as appearing on television in 24, Smallville and Banshee.

Most recently, he played the medical director in the 2021 drama Benediction, directed by Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi.

Lives in Los Angeles since 2020.

From 1984 to 1987, Sands was married to future Evening Standard and Today editor Sarah Sands, with whom he shares a son, while he also has two daughters with journalist Evgenia Citkowitz, whom he married in 1990.

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