Authorities have discovered human remains near the area where British actor Julian Sands went missing on Mount Baldy in California. The San Fernando Police Department confirmed the finding of unidentified remains late on Saturday, according to Variety. Sands disappeared during a hike in the area in January.
The statement from the San Fernando Police Department read, “At about 10:00 a.m., civilian hikers contacted the Fontana Sheriff’s Station after they discovered human remains in the Mt. Baldy wilderness. Fontana Station deputies, along with the Sheriff’s Department’s Emergency Operations Division, responded to the scene. The decedent was transported to the Coroner’s Office, pending positive identification. Identification should be completed next week.”
Sands, an experienced hiker, was reported missing on January 13th of this year while hiking in the Baldy Bowl hiking area, approximately 50 miles northeast of Los Angeles. The search for the actor had only recently resumed after a five-month delay due to extreme weather conditions during the winter.
Upon the resumption of the search last week, Sands’ family expressed their gratitude to the search teams and coordinators for their ongoing efforts. They stated, “We are deeply grateful to the search teams and coordinators who have worked tirelessly to find Julian. We continue to hold Julian in our hearts with bright memories of him as a wonderful father, husband, explorer, lover of the natural world and the arts, and as an original and collaborative performer.”
Julian Sands, born on January 4, 1958, in Otley, West Yorkshire, began his acting career in the 1980s with notable projects such as Oxford Blues and the Killing Fields. He gained prominence for his starring role alongside Helena Bonham Carter in the 1985 film A Room with a View, which received eight Academy Award nominations.
Following the success of that film, Sands relocated to Hollywood and played the lead role in the 1989 film Warlock. His subsequent projects in the following decades included Naked Lunch, Leaving Las Vegas, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Medallion.
In recent years, Sands appeared as Jor-El in two episodes of Smallville and as Dr. Gerald Crane in two episodes of Gotham. He also had roles in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Elementary, and Netflix’s What/If.
Speaking about his portrayal of Jor-El in Smallville, Sands expressed his honor in playing the role previously portrayed by Marlon Brando. He appreciated the touching and domestic nature of the show, stating, “I respond to other people’s ideas about who I should play.”
Our thoughts are with Sands’ family, friends, and fans during this difficult time.
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