Julian Sands’ family lauded the “heroic” efforts of Californian authorities to search for the missing British actor.
A statement by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office thanked the various organizations involved in the efforts to locate the actor as we enter day 11 of the search.
Sands was first reported missing on January 13 in the Baldy Bowl area of the San Gabriel mountains in southern California.
His family said in a statement that they were “deeply impressed” by the support they have received in the days since his disappearance.
“A heartfelt thank you to the compassionate members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department who coordinated the search for our beloved Julian, and particularly to the hero search teams listed below who braved the harsh conditions on land and in the air to bring Julian home.
“We were deeply touched by the overflow of love and support.”
The statement listed the various organizations involved in the search, including local and non-county forces, as well as specialist dog and cave crews.
In a message sharing the statement, the sheriff’s department added: “Mt.
We will continue to use the opportunities we have,” he said.
On Monday, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s department told the PA news agency that conditions are still too dangerous for ground crews and searches will only be conducted by helicopter.
It came after federal agencies joined efforts to locate Sands, using cell phone forensics to help locate the actor.
It had previously emerged that pings from Sands’ phone showed he was on the move towards the mountainous area of Baldy Bowl on the day he was reported missing.
The ministry also previously told the PA that there was no “firm deadline” and no “set date” for stopping the effort, and the incident was still classified as a search and rescue operation.
Last week, he urged hikers to “think twice and heed the warnings”, saying search and rescue teams had responded to 14 calls in and around Mount Baldy in four weeks.
Sands was born in Yorkshire and moved to Los Angeles in 2020.
His debut role was as the free-spirited George in the period drama A Room With A View, opposite Helena Bonham Carter.
Later, he switched to the horror genre by appearing in television episodes as well as films such as Leaving Las Vegas, Warlock and Arachnophobia.
More recently, he played the chief medical officer in the 2021 Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi-led drama Benediction.
From 1984 to 1987, Sands was married to future editor of the Evening Standard and Today, Sarah Sands, and they had a son. He also has two daughters with journalist Evgenia Citkowitz, whom he married in 1990.