Federal and state agencies in the US have joined the search for Julian Sands, using mobile phone forensics to help pinpoint the British actor’s location.
National and other state officials are now working with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, a week after the actor was first reported missing in the mountains of Southern California.
As of Friday, ground crews were still unable to continue their search efforts, due to evidence of avalanches in the area, and officials said there was still “no timeline” as to when they would begin.
We are working with state and federal agencies that have cell phone forensics to assist us in locating the location, but no new information has yet been developedSan Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
The involvement of federal and state agencies takes sand exploration a step further.
The county sheriff’s department had earlier revealed that the ping of the actor’s phone showed that he had been visiting the mountainous area of Baldy Bowl on the day he was reported missing – January 13.
A spokeswoman for the department told the PA news agency: “We are working with state and federal agencies who have cell phone forensics to help us trace the location, but no new information has yet developed.” Is.”
The department previously told PA there was still “no hard deadline” and “no date set” for the closure of efforts – and the incident is still being classified as a search and rescue operation.
On Thursday, Sands’ family picked up his car from a car park where it was found during a search.
Mount Baldy residents noted the “extreme” conditions, but said they would “not rule anything out” in the mission to find Sands.
Captain Rod Mescis of the San Bernardino County Fire Department told PA that the search for missing hikers in the area was “sadly routine” and could be like finding a “needle in a haystack.”
The department is not involved in the search for Sands, which is being handled by search and rescue teams from the county sheriff’s department.
You have to be careful, it’s a beautiful area, but the danger increases with every stepRod Mascis, San Bernardino County Fire Department
But speaking at the scene of another fallen hiker’s callout for help, Mr Meskis said: “It really is ‘enter at your own risk’.
“Most people come prepared for the day … but after a few days it is very difficult to come up against the elements.
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“You have to be careful, it’s a beautiful area, but the danger increases with every step.”
Mr Meskis said mobile phone pings were a “positive sign” and that “stranger things have happened”, referring to the breakthrough in the sands search.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department previously urged hikers to “think twice and heed warnings,” adding that its search and rescue teams responded to 14 calls on Mount Baldy and the surrounding area over the past four weeks Was.
Born in Yorkshire, Sands’ breakout role came as the free-spirited George in the period drama A Room with a View, in which he starred alongside Helena Bonham Carter.
He later turned to the horror genre, starring in films such as Leaving Las Vegas, Warlock, and Arachnophobia.
She has also enjoyed success on the small screen, appearing in Smallville and the high octane US drama 24, alongside Kiefer Sutherland.
Most recently, he played the Chief Medical Officer in the 2021 drama Benediction, led by Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi.
He lives in Los Angeles as of 2020.
From 1984 to 1987, Sands was married to future Evening Standard and Today editor Sarah Sands, with whom he had a son. He also has two daughters with journalist Evgenia Sitkowitz, whom he married in 1990.