Julian Sands: Helicopter search for missing British actor as mobile phone forensics used to try to locate him | Ents & Arts News

A helicopter search is underway for missing British actor Julian Sands. US authorities are using cell phone forensics to try to pinpoint his whereabouts.

A 65-year-old man was reported missing by his wife a week ago. Couldn’t get home from hiking Mountains of Southern California.

Due to avalanche evidence, ground personnel have been unable to continue operations, and are currently only being searched by helicopter.

Both national and state officials worked with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office to sandsbut officials say there is still “no time set” as to when the ground search will begin.

On Friday, the county sheriff’s department revealed that ping from actor’s phone On the day he was reported missing, it appeared to indicate he was traveling further towards the Baldibowle region of the San Gabriel Mountains.

“We are working with state and federal agencies conducting mobile phone forensics to determine the location, but so far we have not received any new information,” said a spokeswoman for the agency.

No date has yet been set for the operation to cease, and the incident is still being treated as a search and rescue operation.

Residents of Mount Baldy said they were “ruling out nothing” in the mission to find Sands, referring to the “extreme” conditions in the area, which have seen sub-zero temperatures and bad weather in recent days.

‘Every step increases the danger’

San Bernardino County Fire Chief Rod Mascis said searches for missing hikers were “sadly regular” and might be “like finding a needle in a haystack.”

“It’s really ‘going at your own risk,'” he added.

“Most people are geared up for the day…but it’s very difficult to face bad weather a few days later.

“You have to be careful. It’s a beautiful area, but with every step you take, the danger increases.”

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department previously urged hikers to “think twice and heed warnings,” and said search and rescue teams had responded to 14 calls in the past four weeks in Mount Baldi and the surrounding area. rice field.

Actor Julian Sands and wife Evgenia Sitkowicz in California in 2015
Sands and wife Evgenia Tsitkowicz

Who is Julian Sands?

Born in Yorkshire, Sands’ breakout role came as free-spirited George in the period drama Room with a View, starring opposite Helena Bonham Carter.

He later appeared in films such as Leaving Las Vegas, Warlock and Arachnophobia.

He has also found success on the small screen, starring alongside Kiefer Sutherland in Smallville and 24.

Most recently, he played the Chief Medical Officer in the 2021 drama Benediction starring Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi.

Sands has three children, a son Sarah Sands, former editor of the London Evening Standard, and two daughters with his wife, journalist Evgenia Sitkowicz.

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