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No sign of missing actor Julian Sands after 6 days gone in California mountains

The search for the British actor, who was reported missing after he had gone hiking alone, presses on for a sixth day

LOS ANGELES, USA – The search for British-born film star Julian Sands, best known for his role in A Room with a View, pressed on for a sixth day in the snow-covered mountains of Southern California with no sign of the 65-year-old actor, authorities said on Thursday, January 19.

The performer was reported missing on Friday evening, January 13, after he had gone hiking alone in the Baldy Bowl area of the San Gabriel Mountains, about 50 miles (80 km) northeast of Los Angeles, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

A search was immediately initiated in the area, but ground teams were pulled out on Saturday evening due to avalanche risks and poor trail conditions, said the sheriff’s department spokesperson Mara Rodriguez.

Intermittent aerial searches by helicopter and drone aircraft have continued, however, and authorities planned to resume a ground search once conditions allow, she said.

“We had an air crew up today and there were no signs of Mr. Sands,” Rodriguez told Reuters by email.

The Baldy Bowl, a large sloping area below the crest of the Mount Baldy ski area, is a popular destination for skiers, climbers, and backpackers. And Rodriguez said Sands was believed to be an experienced hiker.

Cellphone signals detected on Sunday, January 15, showed Sands was then heading to the Mount Baldy area, apparently the latest indication he was still on the move.

Subsequent attempts to “ping” his Apple iPhone failed, “due to the lack of cell service and most likely cell phone power failure,” the department said in an update posted on Thursday.

A “delayed ping” from Sands’ iPhone operating system, generated on January 14, provided a possible location

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No sign of missing UK actor Julian Sands

The search for British-born film star Julian Sands, best known for his role in A Room with a View, continues for a sixth day in the snow-covered mountains of Southern California with no sign of the 65-year-old actor.

The performer was reported missing on Friday, January 13, after he had gone hiking alone in the Baldy Bowl area of the San Gabriel Mountains, about 80 kilometres northeast of Los Angeles, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.

A search was immediately initiated but ground teams were pulled out on Saturday evening due to avalanche risks and poor trail conditions, sheriff’s department spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez said.

Intermittent aerial searches by helicopter and drone aircraft have continued, however, and authorities planned to resume a ground search once conditions allow, she said.

“We had an air crew up today and there were no signs of Mr Sands,” Rodriguez told Reuters by email.

The Baldy Bowl, a large sloping area below the crest of the Mount Baldy ski area, is a popular destination for skiers, climbers and backpackers.

Rodriguez said Sands was believed to be an experienced hiker.

Phone signals detected on Sunday showed Sands was then heading to the Mount Baldy area, apparently the latest indication he was still on the move.

Subsequent attempts to “ping” his phone failed “due to the lack of cell service and most likely cell phone power failure”, the department said in an update posted on Thursday.

A “delayed ping” from Sands’ phone’s operating system, generated on Saturday, provided a possible location on a trail to the Mount Baldy summit, but checks of that spot by ground and helicopter teams were of no avail, the department said.

Authorities warned severe winter weather following weeks of storms that dumped heavy snow in California mountains have made the Baldy area

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