Family of Julian Sands say they 'continue to hold him in our hearts'June 21, 2023
Family of British actor Julian Sands say they ‘continue to hold him in our hearts’ as search effort to find him is revived five months after he vanished on snow-covered California mountain range
- The Sands family issued a heartfelt message on Wednesday that was posted by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Twitter page
- The 65-year-old thespian went missing while on a snowy hike in January in the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California
- On Saturday search and rescue teams conducted ground and aerial searches with more than 80 people but Sands was not located
The family of British actor Julian Sands say they are grateful for the revived search effort to find him five months after he vanished during a hike in the snow-covered San Gabriel Mountains.
Since Sands’ disappearance on January 13, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has conducted eight searches. Their most recent search mission, on Saturday, included more than 80 volunteers, staff and deputies, but garnered no results.
The family of the actor, who is known for his roles in Arachnaphobia and the Oscar-nominated A Room with a View, issued a heartfelt message that was posted by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Twitter page.
‘We are deeply grateful to the search teams and coordinators who have worked tirelessly to find Julian,’ the family said in their statement.
‘We continue to hold Julian in our hearts with bright memories of him as a wonderful father, husband, explorer, lover of the natural world and the arts, and as an original and collaborative performer.’
Sands, who is known for his roles in Oscar-nominated films including 1985’s A Room With A View, was reported missing by his family on January 13 after disappearing during a trek in the Mount Baldy area of California’s San Gabriel Mountains.
The Sands family issued a heartfelt message on Wednesday that was posted on the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Twitter page
Search helicopter: The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department issued a press release on Monday announcing that ongoing search efforts were conducted on Saturday in the Mount Baldy wilderness area
Saturday’s mission included two helicopters, drone crews and aerial searches that were looking in some of the more remote areas across Mount Baldy.
Mara Rodriguez, a spokesperson with the San Bernardino County Sherriff’s Office told DailyMail.com that the actors missing person case ‘remains active and search efforts will continue in a limited capacity.’
She added that crews have been working through unpredictable weather.
‘Despite the recent warmer weather, portions of the mountain remain inaccessible due to extreme alpine conditions,’ she said.
‘Multiple areas include steep terrain and ravines, which still have 10 plus feet of ice and snow.
Mount Baldy towers above Los Angeles and is approximately 10,064 feet high.
The mountain has been described by skilled hikers as one of one of the deadliest mountains in the United States, and has been reported as one of the worst records for death and injury in the US, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Since 2020, there have been more than 100 searches for missing hikers on Mount Baldy, with six confirmed deaths, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
In January, Sands’ brother Nick said that he still hoped his brother would prove his growing fears wrong and make it home alive.
Actor Julian Sands and his wife US journalist Evgenia Citkowitz wed in 1990 and share two children together
Search crews have been working tirelessly to locate the famous actor. Their last search mission included over 80 search and rescue volunteers, deputies and staff. Two helicopters, drone crews and aerial searches were deployed during the mission looking in some of the more remote areas across Mount Baldy, but the missing thespian was not located
On Monday, the Sheriff’s Department gave an update on Twitter sharing videos of volunteers flying on helicopters over the weekend as part of the search for Sands.
Sands, who is known for his roles in Oscar-nominated films including 1985’s A Room With A View, was reported missing by his family in January after disappearing during a trek in the Mount Baldy area of California’s San Gabriel Mountains.
A car believed to belong to the Killing Fields star was recovered near Mount Baldy, considered one of the most dangerous climbs in the US.
The father-of-three, a keen outdoorsman who has climbed mountains all over the world, starred in 1985’s period drama A Room with a View alongside Helena Bonham Carter, and also appeared in The Killing Fields, Arachnophobia and Leaving Las Vegas. His TV credits include 24 and superhero show Smallville.
Sands has two daughters with US journalist Evgenia Citkowitz, who he married in 1990, and a son, Henry, with his first wife Sarah Sands, the former editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
Sands was born in 1958 in Yorkshire, northern England, to mother Brenda who raised him and his four brothers alone following her divorce.
He was privately educated at Lord Wandsworth College, a boarding school in the Hampshire countryside, before making the leap into acting.
The star initially landed minor roles, starring alongside Anthony Hopkins in the 1983 TV film A Married Man, and appearing in Privates on Parade, about a military entertainment group in Malaysia in the late 1940s.
His first major production was 1984’s The Killing Fields, the acclaimed historical drama about the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.
Sands starred as journalist Jon Swain in the triple-Oscar winning film.
But it was his turn the following year in the adaptation of the classic E.M. Forster novel A Room With A View that propelled Sands to stardom.
Portraying the philosophical and free-thinking George Emerson, he falls in love with Helena Bonham Carter’s Lucy Honeychurch at a Florentine pensione in the classic period drama.
The pair locked lips in a poppyfield in what is considered one of the most romantic on-screen kisses of all time.
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