Nick Sands, the brother of Julian Sands, has told a British publication he knows “in my heart he is gone” as California authorities continue to search for the actor.
Julian Sands was first reported missing in the Mt. Baldy area of California on January 13. Authorities announced Tuesday evening that although they had found another missing hiker, there was still no trace of Sands.
“The Sheriff’s Department is approaching the second full week of the search for missing hiker, Julian Sands. Extensive ground and air search efforts have taken place,” according to a press release from the Sheriff-Coroner’s Department of the San Bernardino County “At this time, Mr. Sands has not been located and no evidence of his current location has been uncovered.”
The other hiker, Jin Chung, a 75-year-old Los Angeles resident who was last seen on Sunday, was found with “weather-related injuries and a leg injury but was able to walk out with the crew member’s aid.”
“He was transported to a local hospital for treatment,” the press release read. “No other information is currently available.”
Authorities said they were continuing their search for Sands, 65, best known for his roles in ‘A Room with a View’, ‘The Killing Fields’ and ‘Arachnophobia’.
Her older brother spoke to the Craven Herald & Pioneer about his fears over his sibling’s disappearance.
“He hasn’t been declared missing, presumed dead yet, but I know in my heart he’s gone,” Nick Sands said. “However, sibling rivalry being what it is, it would be like him to walk out of there and prove me wrong.”
The elder Sands also spoke about his brother’s love of hiking.
“When in Los Angeles, the Mount Baldy mountain range was his favorite place, he went there as often as he could,” Sands said. “Julian liked to say ‘I’ve never had a holiday but I rest once in a while’ – well he’s now resting somewhere he would really approve of.”
Authorities warned in their statement: “Many hikers, experienced or novice, underestimate the steep terrain, unpredictable weather and high winds that occur in our mountain areas” and advised “hikers to ‘Avoid dangerous mountainous areas, such as Mount Baldy, at this time.’