The family of missing British actor Julian Sands have thanked “heroic” search teams in California for their efforts to locate him as crews continue to scour the Mount Baldy area.
The 65-year-old, best known for his roles in the films ‘A Room with a View’ and ‘Arachnophobia’, was first reported missing on January 13 after hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains in the San Bernardino County.
On Monday, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office shared a statement from Sands’ family on Twitter that named various organizations involved in the effort, including dog and cave teams.
“Our heartfelt thanks to the compassionate members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department coordinating the search for our beloved Julian, including the heroic search teams listed below who brave harsh conditions on the ground and in the air to bring back Julian at home,” the statement read.
Sands’ family said they were “deeply touched” by the support they received in the days following her disappearance.
The Sheriff’s Department added that as operations began on Day 11, “we remember the sheer determination and selflessness of everyone who assisted in this search.”
Officials previously said the Jan. 15 cellphone pings led them to believe that Sands, a longtime Los Angeles-area resident, went missing near the Mount Baldy area in the San Gabriel Mountains, northeast of Los Angeles.
However, bad weather made conditions too dangerous for ground crews, so the search was instead conducted by helicopter and drones last week.
“Nothing is on the table. But obviously the conditions there are very extreme,” Mara Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, told CNN Thursday. will be participation.”
On Monday, the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department also revealed they were looking for another missing hiker on Mount Baldy. Jin Chung, 75, did not return from his hike as planned on Sunday, officials said in a statement.