Helicopter search for missing British actor Julian Sands: Air rescue teams are combing the California mountains – as pings from his cellphone suggest he’s ventured deeper into the wilderness
- The helicopter search continues while ground crews call off the search for Julian Sands
- Avalanche risk is slowing progress as federal and state agencies become involved in the search
- Follows previous reports of detected phone signals towards Mt. Baldy
The search for British actor Julian Sands, who disappeared while hiking last Friday, continues by helicopter as authorities trace Sands’ phone pings toward Mount Baldy in Southern California.
Federal and state authorities in the United States said yesterday they would join the search amid worsening weather conditions and avalanche risks that ground crews have suspended work.
Phone signals two days after the 65-year-old “Room with a View” star was reported missing showed Sands on one of the trails leading to the summit of Mount Baldy in Southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains, police said.
The father of three, known for appearances on The Killing Fields, Arachnophobia, 24 and Smallville, was reported missing around 7:30pm on Friday January 13 after failing to return from a hike on Mount Baldy.
Julian Sands sits on top of the Weisshorn in the Swiss Alps
Sands, 65, was reported missing by his family after disappearing into the dangerous mountain range. He can be seen in a recent picture provided to police by his family to aid in the search
The County Sheriff’s Department said pings from the actor’s phone appeared to show he was heading further into the Baldy Bowl mountainous area on the day he was reported missing, Friday January 13.
Police have also pulled up vital phone details which show the West Yorkshire-born actor was still out on Sunday January 15 – but they have not been able to receive a signal since as his battery died.
Last Thursday, Julian’s family towed his car from a parking lot where it was discovered during a search.
So far, ground and air searchers have been unable to find any evidence to support the investigation.
Adverse weather conditions also resulted in ground crews being withdrawn from the mountain last Saturday night.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department confirmed yesterday that the current search is being conducted by helicopter only due to the area’s avalanche danger.
Authorities have “not set a date” for when soil searches will resume.
But department spokeswoman Gloria Huerta added that there is currently no timetable for completing the search either.
The incident is still classified as a search and rescue operation.
Actor Julian Sands was reported missing on January 13 after failing to return from a hike
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department had previously warned hikers to “think twice and heed warnings” as weather conditions in the area worsened.
The department reported that its search and rescue teams had responded to 14 calls on and around Mount Baldy over the past four weeks.
Two hikers have reportedly died in deteriorating conditions over the past four weeks.
Crystal Paula Gonzalez, a mother of four dubbed “the dancing wandering queen,” reportedly slipped and fell 700 feet into the Baldy Bowl.
A helicopter was dispatched immediately and soon found Gonzalez “down a steep and icy hill surrounded by scores of willing hikers who helped in any way they could,” according to an incident report.
On December 28, 43-year-old Jarret Choi was hiking the Ice House Canyon Trail when he fell near the Ice House Saddle ridge line.
He was found two days later after a search was hampered by extreme weather conditions.
The region is home to some of the most popular hiking trails in Los Angeles, California
Julian’s son Henry – himself an experienced hiker – flew to California last weekend and is helping to find Mount Baldy.
Henry, 37, is said to have retraced the route his father took – about 40 miles from Los Angeles – but was also forced to abandon his efforts due to inclement weather.
A relative told MailOnline yesterday: “Henry has been in the US since the weekend helping with the search. The problem is that the weather is hampering rescue efforts.
“We are very concerned but we hope Julian is found safe and well. We’ll see how things develop over the next few days.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11660823/Search-actor-Julian-Sands-continues-helicopter.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 The search for actor Julian Sands continues by helicopter while the phone reveals the actor is heading into the wild