Name: Julian Sands
Age: 65 years old
Last seen: January 13, 2023
Location: Mount Baldy, California
Status: Found deceased on June 24, 2023
65-year-old Julian Sands was last seen in Mount Baldy, California on January 13, 2023. He disappeared while hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains, northeast of Los Angeles.
Julian Sands was born on January 4, 1958, in Yorkshire, England. He is married and has three children.
Sands studied at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and began his career appearing in supporting roles in British films. In 1985, he decided to move to Hollywood to pursue a career in American films.
Sands has appeared in over 150 movies and television shows over the years and was most known for his roles in A Room with a View, The Killing Fields and Naked Lunch.
Between 1984 and 1987, Sands was married to Sarah Harvey, a British journalist, with whom he has a son. In 1990, he married Evgenia Citkowitz, an American author and journalist, and the couple have two daughters.
At the time of his disappearance, Sands was living with his wife in the North Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.
As a keen hiker and mountain climber, Sands once described his happiest moment as “close to a mountain summit on a glorious cold morning.”
On January 13, 2023, Julian Sands went on a hike alone to Mount Baldy, a summit in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles, California.
Around 7:30 pm, his wife filed a missing person’s report with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department when Julian Sands did not return.
On January 15, 2023, Julian’s cell phone last pinged to an area on Baldy Bowl trail, which climbs 3,900 feet over 4.5 miles to the highest summit in the San Gabriel Mountains.
Authorities conducted a search of the area with the help of drones and helicopters, but avalanche risks and dangerous rail and weather conditions delayed progress.
On January 18, 2023, authorities found Julian’s vehicle covered in snow in a car park where he presumably left it before setting out on his hike.
Authorities warned hikers to stay away from that area and said that Search and Rescue teams had responded to 14 calls on Mount Baldy and its surrounding area in the past month, with two hikers dying after falling.
Authorities are also looking for 61-year-old Bob Gregory, from Hawthorne, who has been missing near Crystal Lake in the San Gabriel Mountains since January 18.
On January 24 authorities located missing hiker Jin Chung who had been reported missing from Mount Baldy two days prior.
On January 25 it was announced the search for Julian was going to continue by air only.
UPDATE: The search for Julian Sands continues by air only. The California Highway Patrol –Valley Division Air Ops from Auburn, California, is currently assisting us in the search using a RECCO device RECCO – Be Searchable. RECCO technology can detect RECCO reflective material,
— San Bernardino County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff) January 25, 2023
On June 24, 2023, human remains were found in the Mt. Baldy wilderness, an the area where the search for Julian has been ongoing.
The body was transported to the coroner’s office for identification. No further details have been released.
Remains of Julian Sands Found
On June 27, 2023, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department announced that the remains found in the Mt. Baldy Wilderness area on June 24 were those of Julian Sands.
His cause of death has been ruled as undetermined due to the condition of his remains.
White male born on January 4, 1958. Julian has blonde hair, brown eyes, stands 5’11 tall and weighs 165 pounds.
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If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Julian Sands please contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department at (909) 884-0156.
Resources & Further Information
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department – Facebook
News & Media Links
The search for missing LA mountain hikers continues – CBS News 01/2023
Julian Sands: California authorities say no trace of actor found – BBC News 01/2023
Julian Sands’ family praise ‘heroic’ search efforts to find missing actor – CNN 01/2023
Missing hiker in California revealed to be British actor Julian Sands – The Guardian 01/2023