The actor passed away on January 13 in San Antonio Mountain, on the outskirts of Los Angeles.
AFP – After nearly two weeks of intensive searches by land and air, US authorities have been unable to find any trace of the actor julian sandsdisappeared while climbing California.
“Several[search]efforts were made by land and air,” the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, in charge of the search, said late Tuesday evening.
“So far, Mr. Sands has not been found and there is no evidence that we have discovered his current location. Operations will continue as long as weather conditions permit.”
Sands, who rose to fame as the love interest of Helena Bonham Carter in the film A Window into Love (1985), disappeared on January 13 in the approximately 3,000-foot-high San Antonio mountain located on the outskirts of Los Angeles.
Authorities found another missing hiker there on Tuesday afternoon. The 75-year-old man sustained injuries due to weather conditions in the region.
As rescue teams continued to search for the British actor, one of his four brothers told a local newspaper on Tuesday they were grappling with the idea that he might have lost him.
“I feel like he’s gone,” Nick Sands told the Craven Herald & Pioneer, a newspaper in the British town of Skipton, where the brothers spent their teenage years.
Julian Sands, 65, is an experienced mountaineer who has previously described himself as the happiest person when “near a mountain peak on a beautiful, cold morning.”
“When I was in Los Angeles, Mount Baldy [como é conhecida popularmente a montanha San Antonio] it was his favorite place, he went there whenever he could” said Nick Sands.
“It was in the hills and mountains that Julian really came to life.”
The actor, who starred in Warlock (1989) and the 1998 adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera, lives in Los Angeles.
He has three children, two of them with his wife, the writer Evgenia Citkowitz.
The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department reported that 233 rescue operations were performed on Baldy Mountain between 2017 and 2022, resulting in eight fatalities.
“Exposure to the elements and falls contribute to the increased death rate on Mount Baldy, and the risk of avalanches prolongs rescue efforts,” the organization explained.
“Many climbers, experienced or novice, underestimate the rugged terrain, unpredictable weather and high winds in our mountain areas,” he added, advising hikers to “avoid dangerous areas like Mount Baldy at this time.”
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