Search for missing British actor in California hampered by bad weather
The search for missing British actor Julian Sands in California has been hampered by bad weather, local authorities have said.
Efforts to find Sands have been ongoing for two weeks, after he went missing in the Baldy Bowl area of the San Gabriel mountains in southern California on 13 January.
However, the high-ground search has been delayed due to poor conditions, with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department adding that so far, ground and aerial searches have provided no evidence of Sands’s location.
However, another missing hiker was found alive in the same area that Sands went missing.
The sheriff’s department said in a statement: “Numerous ground and air search efforts have taken place. As of this time, Mr Sands has not been found and no evidence of his current location has been discovered.
“The search will continue, weather and ground conditions permitting.”
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The statement added: “Regardless of precautions taken by hikers, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department highly recommends hikers avoid hazardous mountainous areas, such as Mt Baldy, at this time.”
Searches in the air continue, with authorities using technology that detects reflective material on credit cards and mobile phones, known as Recco devices, in their bid to centre their efforts.
Earlier in the week, the star’s family thanked the police, saying: “Our heartfelt thanks to the compassionate members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department who are coordinating the search for our beloved Julian, not least the heroic search teams… who are braving difficult conditions on the ground and in the air to bring Julian home.”
Sands was born in Yorkshire and moved to Los Angeles in 2020.
His breakout role came as the free-spirited George in the period drama A Room With A View, in which he starred opposite Helena Bonham Carter.
He later made the move to the horror genre – featuring in films such as Leaving Las Vegas, Warlock and Arachnophobia.
More recently he played the chief medical officer in the 2021 Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi-led drama Benediction.