Julian Sands’ family shares their first statement since the actor went missing, praising the searchers

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Julian Sands’ family shares their first statement since the actor went missing, praising the searchers

Julian Sands’ family broke their silence by thanking Southern California law enforcement officials for their relentless search for the missing ‘A Room with a View’ star.

The 65-year-old British actor was last seen hiking in the Mount Baldy area his wife Evgenia Citkowitzreported missing on Friday, January 13.

“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,” read the family statement, joint Monday by department.

“We are deeply touched by the wave of love and support,” they added.

The Post contacted a Sands representative for comment.


Julian Sands arrives at the Great British Film Reception to honor British Oscar nominees at the residence of the British Consul General, February 22, 2013.
Julian Sands arrives at the Great British Film Reception to honor British Oscar nominees at the residence of the British Consul General, February 22, 2013.
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His son Henry, 37, who is also a seasoned traveler, flew home from London last week follow in his father’s footsteps but had to stop due to bad weather.

Poor visibility and icy conditions in the mountainous region also delayed search and rescue efforts. Sheriff’s Department cited a strong wind warning on Monday, which banned the use of helicopters.

The silver Volvo that probably belonged to Sands was there found in the parking lot where he is believed to have left it before going on his trek. His family had the snow-covered vehicle towed away.

Attempts to ping his iPhone failed on Jan. 15 “due to a lack of cellular service and most likely a mobile phone power outage,” the department has since disclosure.


A view of the snow-covered rocky area in the Angeles National Forest where British actor Julian Sands disappeared after a hiking trip.
A view of the snow-covered rocky area in the Angeles National Forest where British actor Julian Sands disappeared after a hiking trip.
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However, a “delayed ping” generated from his phone showed movement even after it was reported missing. He traced the possible location as a trail to the top of Mount Baldy, but ground searchers and helicopters found nothing.

Starting his career in the 1980s, Sands is known for his appearances in such films as “Arachnophobia”, “The Wizard” and “Leaving Las Vegas”. He also appeared in “24” in 2006 and in the 8th season of “Dexter” in 2013.

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