British Actor Julian Sands Goes Missing on Hike in California's Baldy Bowl Area

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British Actor Julian Sands Goes Missing on Hike in California's Baldy Bowl Area

British actor Julian Sands, renowned for his performances in iconic films such as "A Room With a View" and "Warlock," has gone missing while on a hike in the Baldy Bowl area of California. The 65-year-old actor was reported missing on Friday, January 13th, and despite initial search efforts by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, the search party was withdrawn due to dangerous trail conditions and the threat of avalanches, as per ABC 7.

The actor had previously spoken about his love for mountain climbing and adventure, stating in an interview with The Guardian in 2018, "The truth is, once you have been around long enough and have some experience, confidence and independence, there is a tremendous letting go of the things that are intrusive in your career: ambition, narcissism, jealousy, vanity, insecurity."

Search Efforts Halted

Search crews, comprising of San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department officials, were deployed shortly after Sands was reported missing.

However, their efforts were hindered by the treacherous trail conditions and the risk of avalanches, forcing the search party to be withdrawn after 24 hours of searching. The sheriff's department has since stated that they will resume ground operations when weather conditions improve, but have warned hikers to avoid the area in the meantime.

"Around 7:30pm on Friday, Jan 13, a hiker was reported missing in the Baldy Bowl area," San Bernardino County Sheriff Department Corporal Nathan Campos tells PEOPLE. "A search crew was sent out, but because of weather conditions, they were pulled on Saturday.

Helicopters and drones will be out there to continue to search, weather permitting." The Baldy Bowl hiking area, where Sands went missing, is located near Mount Baldy in the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California. In recent days, night temperatures in the area have dropped to a low of -20 degrees Celsius, adding to the already challenging conditions for search efforts.

A Career in Film

Sands' acting career spans several decades, with his breakout role as George Emerson in "A Room With a View" propelling him to fame. He has since gone on to star in a variety of films such as "Warlock," "Leaving Las Vegas," "Arachnophobia" and "Naked Lunch." More recently, he has appeared in films such as "Benediction" and "The Painted Bird." As the search for Julian Sands continues, fans and colleagues alike are holding out hope for his safe return.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's department has stated, "We continue to search by helicopter and drones when the weather permits."