After two weeks of intensive search, there is no sign of missing actor Julian Sands
While rescue teams continue to search for him, one of his four brothers stated that he has come to terms with losing him
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Julian Sands (REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw/File Photo)
After nearly two weeks of intense air and ground searches, US authorities have found no sign of actor Julian Sands, who went missing while hiking in California.
“Numerous ground and air efforts have been made,” the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, which is in charge of the search efforts, said in a statement Tuesday night.
“As of now, Mr. Sands has not been found and there is no evidence that we have discovered his current location. Operations will continue as weather conditions permit.”
Sands, who rose to fame as the romantic pairing of Helena Bonham Carter in the film Room with a View (1985), disappeared on January 13 on San Antonio Mountain, about 3,000 meters high and on the outskirts of Los Angeles.
The authorities found the Tuesday afternoon aanother mountaineer missing. The 75-year-old man sustained injuries as a result of the weather conditions.
While rescue groups continue to search for the British actor, one of his four brothers testified Tuesday to a local newspaper that has come to terms with losing it.
“I feel like it's gone,” Nick Sands told Craven Herald & Pioneer, newspaper from the British city of Skipton, where they spent their adolescence.
“Sibling rivalry being what it is, I would have to get out of there and prove me wrong,” he continued.
Julian Sands (REUTERS/Fred Prouser/File Photo)
Julian Sands, 65, is an experienced mountaineer who has described himself in the past as being happiest when he is “near the top of a mountain on a gloriously cold morning.”
“When he was in Los Angeles, Mount Baldy [as San Antonio Mountain is popularly known] was his favorite place, he went as much as he could,” said Nick Sands. “It was in the hills and mountains that Julian really came to life.”
The actor, who starred inWarlock (1989) and in the 1998 adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera, lives in Los Angeles. He has three children, two of them with his wife, the writer Evgenia Citkowitz.
The San Bernardino Sheriff's Department reported that 233 rescue operations have been carried out on Baldy Mountain between 2017 and 2022, with eight fatalities.
“Exposure to the elements and falls contribute to Mount Baldy's increasing death rate, and the risk Avalanche events prolong rescue efforts,” the dispatch explained.
“Many mountaineers, experienced and novice, underestimate the rugged terrain, unpredictable weather and strong winds that occur in our mountainous areas,” he added, while advising hikers to “avoid dangerous areas like Mount Baldy at this time.”
(With information from AFP)