Julian Sands missing: Actor ‘knows Mount Baldy backwards’ as phone pings reveal new details

Julian Sands missing: Actor ‘knows Mount Baldy backwards’ as phone pings reveal new details

Julian Sands: Who does the British Hollywood actor miss in California?

US federal and state authorities have joined the search for British actor Julian Sands, who has been missing for eight days.

The search has intensified as officers use cellphone forensics to pinpoint the actor’s whereabouts.

Sands, 65, was reported missing Jan. 13 in the Southern California mountains. He was believed to be somewhere along the popular Baldy Bowl Trail, which climbs 3,900 feet over 4.5 miles to the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Police announced Friday that Sands, best known for films such as A room with a view and arachnophobia, seemed to be on the way two days later.

Data from his cellphone showed that Sands was “heading toward Mount Baldy.” Pings attempted since then have failed, police said, likely because the actor’s battery died.

It comes after The Independent revealed pictures Sands sent to his grandson Billy in September showing the father of three climbing a mountain.

The Independent Sands’ son, Henry, joined the search and, with the help of an experienced climber, traced the route his father had taken.


Who are the children of Sands?

Sands’ three adult children have joined rescue teams in search of their father. Henry, 37, Sands’ eldest son – with whom he shares his first wife Sarah Sands – is retracing the route his father took with the help of an experienced climber.

The actor’s two daughters, Natalya, 26, and Imogen, 23, who he shares with wife Eugenia Citkowitz, have joined the ground search.

Tom MurrayJanuary 21, 2023 4:25 am


Operations to search for actor Julian Sands intensify as federal agencies join the search

Federal and state authorities across the US have joined the search for Julian Sands, using cell phone forensics to help pinpoint the British actor’s whereabouts.

Both national and state officials are now working with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, a week after the actor was first reported missing in the Southern California mountains.

As of Friday, ground crews were still unable to continue their search efforts due to evidence of avalanches in the area, and authorities said there was “no time set” for when they would begin.

The involvement of federal and state agencies marks a step forward in the search for Sands — which is set to continue by helicopter for now.

Schweta SharmaJanuary 21, 2023 3:58 am


A look at Sands’ career and life

Read more about the actor himself here:

Tom MurrayJanuary 21, 2023 3:27 am


In case you missed it, Julian Sands’ car was located near the trail by authorities. Watch the video here:

Julian Sands’ car is discovered as the search for the missing actor continues

Tom MurrayJanuary 21, 2023 2:32 am


Sheriffs warn hikers

The Sherif’s Department issued a warning on Facebook that includes a list of precautions for hikers.

“In the past four weeks, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) teams have responded to 14 rescue operations on Mt. Baldy and the surrounding area,” the post reads.

“These rescue missions were for lost, stranded and/or injured hikers. Unfortunately in the last 4 weeks two hikers have not survived after falling and injuring themselves.

“Please note that the current conditions on Mt Baldy are adverse and extremely dangerous. Due to the strong winds, the snow has turned to ice, making hiking extremely dangerous. The sheriff’s search and rescue efforts are often hampered by inclement weather and dangerous avalanche conditions. Recent storms that have brought snow and ice conditions are not favorable for hikers, even those who think they have a high level of experience.”

Tom MurrayJanuary 21, 2023 1:27 am


Sands’ love of mountaineering has brought him close to death before

Julian Sands mountaineering in photos supplied exclusively to The Independent by his family

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Julian Sands mountaineering in photos exclusively provided to The Independent by his family


In a 2020 interview with The guard, Sands spoke about his love for mountaineering.

When asked where he was happiest, Sands replied, “Near a mountaintop on a gloriously cold morning.”

However, the actor also revealed his encounter with death while climbing in the Andes.

When asked when he was closest to death, Sands replied, “In the early 1990s, in the Andes, he and three others were caught in a terrible storm at over 20,000 feet. We were all very bad. Some people near us have died; We were lucky.”

Tom MurrayJanuary 21, 2023 00:25


Why was the British actor in LA?

While originally born and raised in the UK, Sands relocated to Hollywood in the 1980s to pursue a career in American films.

Some of his larger titles include The Killing Fields (1984), A room with a view (1985), Sorcerer (1989), arachnophobia (1990), Boxing Helena (1993) and leave Las Vegas (1995).

Tom MurrayJanuary 20, 2023 11:30 p.m


Friends fear for Sands’ well-being

Friends of Sands, many of whom work in the entertainment industry, have shared their hope that the actor will be found safe and sound since his disappearance a week ago.

You can read a summary of the reports here:

Tom MurrayJanuary 20, 2023 10:45 p.m


Arachnophobia director Frank Marshall sent his prayers

Marshall, who directed Sands in the 1990 American horror comedy arachnophobiaHe said he was praying for a miracle.

“Hope and thoughts go out to the family of my dear friend and wonderful actor Julian Sands who is missing on Mt Baldy. Let’s all pray for a miracle,” the director/producer tweeted.

Tom MurrayJanuary 20, 2023 10:01 p.m


A refresher on what happened to Julian Sands

On Wednesday (Jan. 18), authorities identified Sands as the hiker who went missing in the Southern California mountains last week.

He has been missing since Friday (January 13) when his wife, writer Evgenia Citkowitz, reported him missing. Sands is said to have been located somewhere along the popular Baldy Bowl Trail in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Mount Baldy is a 10,000-foot peak located northeast of Los Angeles in the Angeles National Forest.

Tom MurrayJanuary 20, 2023 21:19

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