Credit card detection technology used in ongoing search for actor Julian Sands

The search for missing British actor Julian Sands continues exclusively by air, with authorities using new technology that can detect electronic devices and credit cards.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department expressed hope that the technology would be able to more accurately pinpoint the area where efforts should be focused.

It comes as the department said new searches for the Sands in higher ground were still not possible due to poor conditions.

Efforts to find the actor are nearing the end of the second week after he was first reported missing in the Baldy Bowl area of ​​Southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains on January 13.

On Wednesday, the sheriff tweeted: “The search for Julian Sands continues by air only.

“California Highway Patrol – Valley Division Air Ops of Auburn, CA are currently assisting us in our search with a Recco device.

“Recco’s technology can detect Recco reflective materials, electronics and in some cases credit cards.

“We hope our @CHP_HQ partners, Hertzell & Calcutt officers, can point out an area where we can focus our search, and we thank them for their help.”

Infrared devices have also been used by authorities before, but to no avail.

On Tuesday, the force said it had previously conducted “numerous” ground and aerial searches in the lower areas but found no evidence of the actor’s location, although a second hiker missing in the same area was found alive.

A department spokesman told the PA news agency that while the ground search for the second hiker gave rise to a secondary search, Sands still has not been located.

They added that further ground searches in higher-altitude areas were still not possible due to the conditions.

“The Sheriff’s Department is approaching its second full week of searching for missing tourist Julian Sands,” reads an online statement on Tuesday.

“There have been many ground and air searches. To date, Mr. Sands has not been found and no evidence of his current location has been found.

“The search will continue if weather and ground conditions permit.”

The statement added: “Regardless of the precautions taken by hikers, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department strongly advises hikers to avoid dangerous mountainous areas such as Mt Baldy during this time.”

This comes after the Sands family praised the “heroic” efforts of California authorities conducting the search.

In a statement also shared by the sheriff’s office, his family said they were “deeply touched” by the support they had received in the days since his disappearance.

Sands was born in Yorkshire and moved to Los Angeles in 2020.

His breakthrough role was as the carefree George in the period drama A Room with a View, opposite Helena Bonham Carter.

He later moved into the horror genre, appearing in films such as The Wizard and Arachnophobia as well as dramatic roles on television.

He recently played the head doctor in the 2021 Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi-led drama Benediction.

From 1984 to 1987, Sands was married to future Evening Standard and Today editor Sarah Sands, with whom he has a son. He also has two daughters with journalist Evgenia Citkowitz, whom he married in 1990.

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