The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that efforts to locate actor Julian Sands will be scaled back, more than five months after he went missing while hiking in California.
The ministry said in a statement on Monday that the Sands missing persons case remains open and that search efforts will continue in a “limited capacity.”
It follows a major campaign on Saturday to locate the actor, which involved more than 80 volunteers, deputies and staff as well as two helicopters and a drone crew.
“Unfortunately, Mr. Sands has not been located,” the statement continued, adding that although the weather has improved from the extremely harsh conditions it has greatly hampered previous efforts, “parts of the mountain remain inaccessible due to mountain conditions.” harsh alps.
“The multi-terrain areas include steep valleys, which still have more than 10 feet of ice and snow.”
Sands, an experienced mountaineer and climber, was reported missing on January 13 after failing to return from a solo hike in the Mount Baldy area of the San Gabriel Mountains. Last phone call to him on January 15th.
Since then, the sheriff’s department has conducted eight searches and committed more than 500 hours of combined search time to searching for the actor. In February, the police department promised to “finish” the Sands family, which it praised for their “heroic” efforts in trying to find him.
Sands, 65, rose to fame with roles in the mid-1980s with roles in The Killing Fields and A Room With a View, before going on to star in films like Warlock, Arachnophobia, Boxing Helena, and Leaving Las Vegas. He has three children.
In January his brother, Nick Sands, told the Craven Herald that although he was “not yet declared missing, he is presumed dead, but I know in my heart that he is gone”.
John Malkovich spoke to The Guardian in February to promote their new movie together, and said he suspected Sands had fallen victim to “some sort of catastrophic, immediate and irreversible mistake.”
“But he knew what the conditions were, and that’s what he loved to do. He found great solace in the solitude of it.”