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Hikers find human remains in area where Julian Sands went missing in January

Sands, 65, was reported missing in California's Baldy Bowl area, but treacherous conditions made it difficult for search and rescue crews to find him.
Actor Julian Sands attends the "Forbidden Fruit" readings from banned works of literature on Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Authorities said Sands, star of several Oscar-nominated films, including “A Room With a View,” has been missing for five days in the Southern California mountains. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, that crews are using helicopters and drones to search for Sands, who was reported missing Friday, Jan. 13, on a trail on Mt. Baldy.
Actor Julian Sands in Beverly Hills, Calif., in 2013.Richard Shotwell / Invision/AP file

Human remains were found in the area of the California mountain range where authorities have spent months searching for actor Julian Sands.

A pair of hikers called in to report finding the remains Saturday morning in the Mount Baldy wilderness area, where Sands had gone missing in January, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said. The remains were taken to the coroner's office for identification and to determine the cause of death.

Sands, 65, was reported missing in the Baldy Bowl area in January. Authorities tracked a ping to his iPhone and could narrow the search to a specific area. Additional phone pings from the cell provider were attempted but proved unsuccessful because of the lack of cell service in the area or Sands’ phone not having any power.

Search and rescue crews undertook ground and air searches for Sands but could not find him, and experienced serious difficulties when the weather created treacherous conditions. Authorities eventually suspended their search operations.

On June 17, the sheriff's department said it was renewing efforts to find Sands. Sands' family released a statement Wednesday thanking search and rescue crews for working "tirelessly" to find him.

"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," the statement said.

The actor was born in the United Kingdom and is likely best known for his role in the 1985 film “A Room With a View." He also starred in other movies, including “Warlock” and “Arachnophobia," in addition to appearing on television.

His brother Nick told the BBC in January that he had come to terms with the fact that Sands was likely dead.

“We are all still hoping I guess, but I know he’s gone in my mind and because of that I’ve already said my goodbyes," he said.