Julian Sands’ family has praised the “heroic” efforts of California authorities in their search for the missing British actor.
A statement shared by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office thanked the various organizations involved in the search for the actor as search operations entered their 11th day.
Sands was first reported missing on January 13 in the Baldy Bowl area of Southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains.
In a statement, his family said they were “deeply touched” by the support they had received in the days since his disappearance.
“We extend our heartfelt thanks to the compassionate members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department who are coordinating the search for our beloved Julian, in particular the heroic search teams listed below who brave the harsh conditions on the ground and in the air to bring Julian home,” the statement read.
“We are deeply touched by the wave of love and support.”
The statement listed various organizations involved in the search, including local and non-county forces, as well as specialized canine and caving teams.
In a message sharing the statement, the sheriff’s department added: “As we begin day 11 of the search for Julian Sands on Mount Baldy, we are reminded of the sheer determination and selflessness of all those who assisted in this search.
“We will continue to use the resources available to us.”
On Monday, a spokesman for the sheriff’s department told the PA news agency that conditions were still too dangerous for ground crews and that the search would only be conducted by helicopter.
It comes after federal agencies combined efforts to find Sands, using cell phone investigations to help determine the actor’s location.
It was previously revealed that pings from Sands’ phone seemed to indicate that he was on the move, heading further into the mountainous area of Baldy Bowl on the day he was reported missing.
The department also told the PA earlier that there was still “no firm deadline” and “no date set” for canceling the effort – and the incident is still classified as a search and rescue operation.
Last week, he urged hikers to “think twice and heed warnings,” saying their search and rescue teams responded to 14 calls in and around Mount Baldy over four weeks.
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 Leaving Las Vegas, Warlock and Arachnophobia as well as 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.