Julian Sands latest news: Missing British actor’s family thanks California authorities 11 days into search

Written by on January 24, 2023

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Julian Sands’s family has issued a statement thanking the “heroic” efforts of Californian authorities conducting the search for the missing British actor.

The search for the Warlock star has entered its 11th day amid a warning of strong winds and gusts of up to 62 to 67mph.

On Monday 23 January, the National Weather Service reported high winds affecting the Santa Ana mountain region and San Bernandino, close to the San Gabriel mountains where Sands is believed to have gone missing.

An alert warned of possible power outages, travel disruption and a risk of falling trees: “The strongest winds will be along the south-facing slopes and foothill areas, below the Morongo Pass, and through and below the Santa Ana Mountain canyons,” the report said.

Last week, ground crews were forced to halt the search for Sands due to the avalanche risk in the area.

“The air search is being resumed, but we have not been able to resume a ground search yet due to icy conditions and a threat of avalanches,” said Gloria Huerta, Public Information Officer for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.


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Julian Sands, a prolific actor with more than 150 screen credits, has gone missing while hiking.

The British star is believed to have been somewhere on the popular Baldy Bowl Trail in California, which climbs 3,900 feet over 4.5 miles to the highest summit in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Search and rescue crews are looking for Sands, with the actor’s friends, including Matthew Modine, Rufus Sewell and film producer Frank Marshall, expressing hope that he is found safely.

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Sands’ family have shared a statement thanking authorities for the “heroic” search effort, which is still ongoing.

“Our heartfelt thanks to the compassionate members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department who are coordinating the search for our beloved Julian, not least the heroic search teams listed below who are braving difficult conditions on the ground and in the air to bring Julian home,” it read.

Peony Hirwani24 January 2023 05:30


No fixed deadline for end of search, authorities say

US authorities have said that there is still “no hard deadline” for calling off the search for Julian Sands.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s department said that the incident was still being classified as a search and rescue operation.

“We will schedule another ground search when the weather improves, and it is safe for our ground crews,” a spokesperson from the department said.

Peony Hirwani24 January 2023 04:45


British film producer Cassian Elewes shared a heartfelt message

Elewes also shared a note about Sands on Twitter.

“I’ve known since Friday that my friend Julian Sands has been missing on mt baldy. I’m devastated. A very close family friend who was an adventurer in everything he did. I’ve said many prayers,” he wrote.

Tom Murray24 January 2023 04:01


Reverand Richard Coles called Sands ‘dazzling’

“I knew #JulianSands a bit back in the 80s when his brother shared a mouse-infested flat with my best friend,” Coles wrote on Twitter.

“He was so dazzling and so delightful and everyone who loves him is beside themselves with worry.”

Tom Murray24 January 2023 03:00


Federal agencies have joined the search for Sands

A reminder that both national and state officials are now working with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s office to locate Sands.

“We are working with state and federal agencies that have cell phone forensics to assist us in pinpointing a location, but so far no new info has been developed,” The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s office said in a statement shared Friday (20 January).

Tom Murray24 January 2023 01:58


Here’s a bit of a breakdown of Sands’ career and life, for anyone less familiar with his backstory.

An actor of talent and unusual range, Sands has appeared in more than 150 film and TV projects across his career.

Louis Chilton24 January 2023 00:30


In relaying the family’s statement, the sheriff’s department also issued an update of its own.

“As we enter day 11 of the search for Julian Sands on Mt Baldy, we are reminded of the sheer determination & selflessness of all of the people who have aided in this search,” the authority said.

“We will continue to utilise the resources available to us.”

Louis Chilton23 January 2023 23:30


More details, including the family’s full statement, here:

Louis Chilton23 January 2023 22:30

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