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Search for Julian Sands resumes 5 months after actor vanished on California mountain

The "Warlock" and "A Room With a View" actor disappeared on snowy Mount Baldy during a January hike.
Julian Sands on March 26, 2022 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Julian Sands in Beverly Hills, Calif., on March 26, 2022.Jon Kopaloff / WireImage file
/ Source: Variety

The search for actor Julian Sands, who went missing on snowy Mount Baldy during a January hike, is continuing five months later, officials said Monday.

“On Saturday, June 17, 2023, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department continued ongoing search efforts in the Mount Baldy wilderness for missing hiker Julian Sands. Unfortunately, Mr. Sands was not located,” sheriffs said in a news release.

Sands was an experienced hiker, but the Mount Baldy area experienced extreme weather conditions this winter.

Over 80 search and rescue volunteers, deputies and staff conducted the June 17 search along with two helicopters and drone crews, according to authorities. Drones also searched inaccessible areas that ground crews couldn’t access.

Although the weather has been warmer in recent months, “multiple areas include steep terrain and ravines, which still have 10 plus feet of ice and snow,” the release explained.

Sands, known for his roles in “A Room With a View” and “Warlock,” was reported missing Jan. 13. He had been hiking in the Baldy Bowl hiking area, approximately 50 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

Since then, local sheriffs have conducted eight ground and air searches for him, with more than 500 volunteer hours devoted to the effort.

“Mr. Sands’ missing person case remains active and search efforts will continue in a limited capacity,” sheriffs said.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff tweeted videos of helicopters taking part in the search efforts.

The actor’s brother, Nick Sands, told the BBC in January that he had already said his goodbyes. “I have come to terms with the fact he’s gone and for me that’s how I’ve dealt with it,” he said.

The 65-year-old actor’s wife has not spoken out since she reported him missing, but his son Henry told The Times U.K. in April that he was, “of course, realistic” about the impact of the severe weather on the search.