Actor’s brother fears he is gone forever


Nick Sands, brother of Julian Sandshas told a British publication that he “knows in my heart he’s gone,” as California authorities continue to search for the actor.

Julian Sands was first reported missing at the Mt. Baldy area in California on January 13. Authorities announced late Tuesday that although they had found another missing hiker, there was still no trace of Sands.

“The sheriff’s department is approaching the second full week of the search for the missing hiker, Julian Sands. Numerous ground and aerial investigations have been conducted,” the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Corps of Inquiry Department said in a statement.

Julian Sands is present "The painted bird" photocall during the 76th Venice Film Festival on September 3, 2019 in Venice, Italy
British actor Julian Sands was first reported missing in a California mountain range on January 13. (Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

“To date, Mr. Sands has not been found and no evidence has been found for his current whereabouts.”

The other walker, Jin Chung, a 75-year-old Los Angeles resident who was last seen on Sunday, was found to have “sustained some weather-related injuries and a leg injury, but was able to walk out with the help of crew members.”

“He has been transported to a local hospital for treatment,” the press release reads. “No further information is currently available.”

Authorities said they are continuing their search for 65-year-old Sands, best known for his roles in A room with a view, The killing fields and Arachnophobia.

His older brother spoke to the Craven Herald & Pioneer about his fears regarding his brother’s disappearance.

British actor Julian Sands is best known for his roles in A Room with a View, The Killing Fields and Arachnophobia. (Getty Images)

“He has not yet been reported missing, presumed dead, but I know in my heart that he is gone,” said Nick Sands.

“No matter how sibling rivalry is, it would be like him to walk out of there and prove me wrong.”

The elder Sands also spoke of his brother’s love of hiking.

“When he was in LA, the Mt Baldy Mountains were his favorite place. He went there as often as he could,” Sands said.

“Julian liked to say ‘I’ve never had a holiday, but I do rest now and then’ – well, he’s now resting in a place he would really approve of.”

A snapshot of the snow-capped peak of Mount Baldy as seen from Los Angeles County, California.
A snapshot of the snow-capped peak of Mount Baldy as seen from Los Angeles County, California. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

California authorities warned in their statement, “Many hikers, experienced or inexperienced, underestimate the steep terrain, unpredictable weather and high winds that occur in our mountain regions” and advised “hikers to avoid dangerous mountainous areas, such as Mt. Baldy, at this time.”

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