Authorities resume search for missing actor “by air only” : NPR
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Police say they are changing tactics in the search for actor Julian Sands, who went missing 13 days ago in the San Gabriel Mountains, Southern California.
Sands, the 65-year-old star of several Oscar-nominated films including Room with Viewdisappeared on January 13 while hiking around Mt. Baldy covered with snow.
Search and rescue teams began searching for Sands about a mile southwest of the summit after a cell phone ping indicated he was on a known trail. But high winds and avalanche risks have halted efforts.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday that the search will continue “by air only” using RECCO technology, which can detect “reflective material, electronics, and other devices.” and in some cases credit cards.”
UPDATE: The search for Julian Sands continues by air only. California Highway Patrol –Valley Air Force from Auburn, California, is currently assisting us in our search with the RECCO RECCO – Searchable. RECCO technology can detect RECCO reflective material,
— San Bernardino County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff) January 25, 2023
The change in approach comes just a day after teams were able to locate another missing climber. Jin Chung, a 75-year-old man from Los Angeles, was found the day after he was reported missing; he injured his leg and due to the weather, police said.
Although only about 40 miles northeast of Los Angeles, Mt. Baldy is known for its relatively cold and wet winters. The area’s nighttime temperature has dropped as low as 29 degrees in the past week.
“Factor exposure and falls contribute to Mt. Baldy’s growing mortality rate,” police wrote in a search update earlier this week. Search and rescue teams have carried out 233 missions on Mt. Baldy since 2017, with 8 deaths.
A search and rescue team member was among those killed on the mountain, prompting former Sheriff John McMahon to meet with members of Congress about increasing weather closures in 2019.
Along with the surrounding San Gabriel area, Mt. The unincorporated Baldy is technically under the jurisdiction of the US Department of Agriculture and Forestry Service.
The sheriff of neighboring San Bernardino County implied in a statement that they were unable to lend additional resources to search for Sands due to the “shortage of USFS personnel, resources, and funding.”
The office said it is working with lawmakers to try to secure more funding for the USFS to implement the permit process for local hikers and promote wilderness education.
NPR was unable to immediately locate a representative for Sands to request additional information.
British-born actor, living in North Hollywood, best known for starring in the 1985 British romantic film Room with View.
During the 80’s and 90’s, he took on leading roles in movies like magician, Fear of spiders, Leaving Las Vegas, boxing Helena and The field of death.
In recent years, he has continued to appear in dozens of small television and film roles that range from beloved low-budget films to critically acclaimed films.
When asked in 2020 by Guard when he’s at his happiest, Sands isn’t talking about acting, but about recreating.
“Near the top of the mountain on a gloriously cold morning,” was his reply.