Actor Julian Sands’ phone shows movement the day he was reported missing


British actor Julian Sands’ phone appears to show that he was heading to a mountainous area of ​​Southern California the day he was reported missing.

Sands, 65, was reported missing on Friday while on a hiking trip in the Baldy Bowl area of ​​the San Gabriel mountains, as local authorities continue to search using “helicopters and drones, weather permitting.”

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department previously said phone pings showed Sands was heading to the Mount Baldy area two days after he was first reported missing.

However, the US State Department has since clarified to the PA news agency that those pings were delayed and showed his movements the day he went missing on Jan. 13.

The development comes after the department said there is still “no firm TBEN” for calling off the search a week after he was first reported missing in the mountains of Southern California.

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US authorities said the incident is still being classified as a search and rescue operation, though snow, sleet and fog continued to hamper foot operations.

As of Thursday, high-altitude visibility in the Mount Baldy area remained poor, with searches to continue when conditions permitted.

“We will schedule another ground investigation when the weather improves and it is safe for our ground crew,” a department spokesperson told the PA news agency.

The spokesperson added that there was “no hard TBEN” for the cessation of search efforts and “no date set”.

Earlier on Thursday, Sands’ family towed his car from a parking lot where it was discovered during the search.

Residents of Mount Baldy noted the “extreme” conditions but said they “would not rule anything out” in the mission to find Sands.

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“Conditions can be extreme and even as residents we don’t hike at this time of year. It’s sketchy, it can be very dangerous,” Stephanie Coyne told PA at Mount Baldy.

“In previous years, other people have gone missing and (people) are injured every year.”

Ms Coyne, who works at Mount Baldy ski resort, said the weather conditions were “typical” for the time of year.

“People have been found, it can happen. I wouldn’t rule anything out – the whole situation is just unfortunate,” she said.

Ms Coyne said there had been other cases of walkers falling in the same area in recent weeks.

Jaqueline Miller-Weaver, another resident, who works at the Mount Baldy sled shop, told PA: “It’s really rough, the conditions are really bad.

“It’s very icy in some areas, even crampons wouldn’t help you,” she added.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department previously urged hikers to “think twice and heed warnings,” saying search and rescue teams had responded to 14 calls over the past four weeks on Mount Baldy and in the surrounding area.

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The Yorkshire native Sands is known for his breakthrough role as the free-spirited George in the period drama A Room With A View, starring opposite Helena Bonham Carter, Sir Daniel Day-Lewis, Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith.

He also starred in Leaving Las Vegas and Warlock, as well as on television in 24, Smallville, and Banshee.

More recently, he played the chief medical officer in the 2021 Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi-led drama Benediction.

He has been living in Los Angeles since 2020.

From 1984 to 1987, Sands was married to future Evening Standard and Today editor Sarah Sands, with whom he has a son. He also has two daughters with journalist Evgenia Citkowitz, whom he married in 1990.