Julian Sands’ family praises ‘hero’ search effort to find missing actor

The family of missing British actor Julian Sands has thanked teams searching for the “hero” in California for their efforts to locate him as teams continue to scour the Mount Baldy area. .

65-year-old man, famous for his role in the movie Room with View and Fear of spidersused to be the first reported missing on January 13 after hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains in San Bernardino County.

On Monday, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s office shared a statement from Sands’ family on Twitter naming various organizations involved in the effort, including sniffer and cave dog teams. .

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“We sincerely thank the compassionate members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department who are coordinating the search for our dear Julian, especially the hero search teams listed below. , who are defying difficult conditions on the ground and in the air to bring Julian home,” the statement read.

Sands’ family said they were “deeply moved” by the support they have received in the days since his disappearance.

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Julian Sands went missing 11 days ago while hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains in California. (Getty)

The sheriff’s department added that as operations enter their 11th day, “we are reminded of the absolute determination and selflessness of all those who have assisted in this search”.

Earlier, officials said cell phone pings from January 15 led them to believe that Sands, a longtime Los Angeles area resident, was missing near the Mount Baldy area of ​​the San Gabriel Mountains, northeast of Los Angeles.

However, bad weather made conditions too dangerous for ground crews, so searches were conducted instead using helicopters and drones last week.

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Helena Bonham Carter and Julian Sands in The Room With A View, 1985. (Curzon/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Film Distributor)

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Mara Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s office, told CNN on Thursday: “There’s no denying it. But it’s clear that the conditions there are extreme.” “We just don’t know what turnout will be.”

On Monday, the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department also revealed that it was searching for another missing climber on Mt. Baldy. Jin Chung, 75, did not return from his planned hike on Sunday, officials said in a statement.

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