Still no sign of missing British actor Julian Sands: US sheriff

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LOS ANGELES - Mountain rescuers in California who have been searching for Julian Sands for almost two weeks say there is still no sign of the British actor, as the missing man’s family acknowledged he may have perished.

Sands, who shot to fame in 1985 as actress Helena Bonham Carter’s love interest in A Room With A View, disappeared on the 3,000-metre Mount San Antonio, just outside of Los Angeles.

Deputies from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department began searching for him after the alarm was raised on Jan 13, but on Tuesday said they were no closer to finding him.

“The Sheriff’s Department is closing in on the second full week of the search for missing hiker, Julian Sands,” a statement said. “Numerous ground and air search efforts have taken place. As of this time, Mr Sands has not been found and no evidence of his current location has been discovered.”

The statement added that “the search will continue, weather and ground conditions permitting”.

California was hit by a succession of heavy storms in late December and early January that brought heavy snow to mountain ranges, including to Mount San Antonio, known locally as Mount Baldy.

Sands’ brother, Nick, said he had now accepted that the actor would not be found.

“He has not yet been declared missing, presumed dead, but I know in my heart that he has gone,” he said, according to English newspaper Craven Herald and Pioneer, in Yorkshire where the brothers grew up.

‘Steep terrain, unpredictable weather’

“When in LA, the Mount Baldy mountain range was his favourite place, he would go there as often as he could,” the brother added.

“Julian liked to say ‘I have never had a holiday but I do rest occasionally’ – well he’s resting now in a place he would truly approve of.”

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