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Julian Sands confirmed dead 5 months after going missing while hiking

Julian Sands confirmed dead 5 months after going missing while hiking
Actor Julian Sands identified as one of 2 missing hikers in California's Mt. Baldy area

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UPDATED 6/27/23 7:12 PM ET.

The San Fernando Sheriff’s Department confirmed on Tuesday, June 27 that Julian Sands is dead after going missing in the Mount Baldy area of ​​California in January.

“The identification process for the body located on Mount Baldy on June 24, 2023 has been completed and has been positively identified as Julian Sands, 65, of North Hollywood. The manner of death is still under investigation, pending additional test results,” police said in a statement. “We would like to express our gratitude to all the volunteers who worked tirelessly to try to locate Mr. Sands.”

Updated 26/06/23/11:48

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department says human remains were found near the actor’s disappearance site Julien Sands. “On Saturday, June 24, 2023, at approximately 10:00 a.m., civilian hikers contacted the Fontana Sheriff’s Station after discovering human remains in the Mount Baldy Wilderness,” the department wrote in a statement Saturday. “Fontana Station Deputies, along with the Sheriff’s Department Emergency Operations Division, responded to the scene.”

Although the statement didn’t mention Sands by name, the update says “the deceased was transported to the coroner’s office, pending positive identification.” The statement continued: “Identification is expected to be completed next week, at which time we will update this press release. No further details are available at this time.”

Updated on 01/24/23 at 10:57 a.m.

The search continues. The family of Julien Sands spoke as rescue teams continued to search for the missing actor in California.

“Our heartfelt thanks to the compassionate members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department coordinating the search for our beloved Julian, including the heroic search teams listed below who brave harsh conditions on the ground and in the air to bring back Julian at home,” the family said in a statement Monday, January 23, as the search for Sands, 65, entered its 11th day. “We are deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support .”

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department also announced that a third hiker, Jin Chung, was reported in the same area – Mt. Baldy – where Sands disappeared. A search for Chung began on Sunday, January 22, alongside the search for Sands.

“As we enter day 11 of Julian Sands’ search of Mount Baldy, we remember the determination and selflessness of everyone who assisted in this search,” the sheriff’s department tweeted on Monday. . “We will continue to use the resources we have.”

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Julien Sandsknown for his work in A room with a view And 24was identified as one of two hikers reported missing in Southern California on Friday, January 13.

Authorities confirmed on Wednesday (January 18) that the 65-year-old British actor disappeared five days earlier after hiking a trail on Mount Baldy in the San Gabriel Mountains. Gloria Huertaa spokesperson for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said Sands’ wife, Evgenia Citkowitzreported her husband missing on Friday.

Huerta added that rescue teams began searching for Sands that day, but ground searches were suspended on Saturday, January 14, due to weather conditions in the area. Rescuers continued to search for the Leaving Las Vegas star with helicopters and drones, and will resume the search on the ground when weather permits.

A second hiker, Bob Gregorywas reported missing by his family on Monday, January 16. Authorities are looking for him in the Crystal Lake area of ​​the San Gabriel Mountains, located northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Actor Julian Sands identified as one of 2 missing hikers in California's Mt. Baldy area

Julian Sands and Helena Bonham Carter in “A Room with a View”. Merchant Ivory/Goldcrest/Kobal/Shutterstock

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department issued a “hazardous conditions” warning for hikers on Wednesday, urging visitors to “think twice” before hitting the trails. “Over the past four weeks, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) teams have responded to 14 rescue missions on and around Mount Baldy,” read a statement shared via Facebook. “These rescue missions were for lost, stranded and/or injured hikers. Unfortunately, in the last 4 weeks, two hikers have not survived after falling and getting injured. Please be aware that the current conditions on Mount Baldy are unfavorable and extremely dangerous.

The post included a photo of a road sign warning of ‘extreme alpine conditions’ in the Mount Baldy and Glacier areas, along with a list of recommendations for hikers to prepare for the possibility of overnight stays in the conditions. changing weather.

Sands, whose film career began in the 1980s, is known as an enthusiastic mountain climber. “I love climbing mountains, I’ve spent a lot of time in the Alps over the years, a lot of time in the Andes, Alaska and the American Ranges,” said the Smallville alum said Prosper in May 2020. “It’s about pleading, sacrifice and humility, when you go to those mountains. It’s not so much a celebration of yourself, but the eradication of your self-awareness.

The British native is perhaps best known for his role against Helena Bonham Carter in the years 1985 A room with a view. His other film credits include Gothic, warlock, Arachnophobia, Ocean’s Thirteen And The girl with the dragon tattoo. On television, he appeared in 24, The blacklist, Gotham, Dexter and more.

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