Julian Sands’ family have released a statement as search efforts continue to find the missing 65-year-old British actor, who was last seen hiking California’s Mt. Baldy on January 13th.
“Our heartfelt thanks to the compassionate members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department who are coordinating the search for our beloved Julian,” the statement said, “not least the heroic search teams listed below who are braving difficult conditions on the ground and in the air. to bring Julian home.”
After calling the many rescue groups involved, the family has to A room with a view and Leaving Las Vegas the actor concluded, “We are deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support.”
The statement was shared by the San Bernardino County Sheriff on social media Monday, along with the message: “As we enter day 11 of the search for Julian Sands on Mt. Baldy, we are reminded of the sheer determination and selflessness of all the people who have helped in this search. We will continue to use the resources available to us.”
Shortly after, the sheriff’s department issued a statement that it is now searching for two missing hikers. Jin Chung, a 75-year-old man also from Los Angeles, was also reported missing. He was last seen on Sunday at 6 a.m. after carpooling to the mountain with two others. The hikers went separate ways and planned to meet at the car at 2:00 p.m., but Chung never showed up.
The release noted that “strong winds” have “prohibited the use of helicopters” in the searches. However, the ground search for Chung has allowed rescuers to conduct a secondary search in some of the areas previously searched for Sands, who has appeared in over 150 movies and TV shows. When they can safely operate helicopters and drones again, they have used infrared devices to help with the search.
Southern California has experienced storms in recent weeks, making hiking conditions on the 10,068-foot peak dangerous and rescue efforts complicated. Earlier this month, a mother of four died after sliding more than 500 feet down Mt. Baldy. The sheriff’s department has previously warned hikers to “stay away” from the area, saying it is “extremely dangerous” even for “experienced hikers.”