Human remains found close to where actor Julian Sands went missing


Human remains have been found near to where Hollywood actor Julain Sands went missing almost five months ago.

Sands, known for starring in The Killing Fields, A Room With A View, and Warlock as well as appearances in 24 and Smallville, was last seen on January 13. Police say the 65-year-old failed to return home after a hike in the Mount Baldy area of southern California.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said civilian hikers had contacted authorities on Saturday morning after finding the remains in the Mount Baldy area. The remains have been transported to the Coroner’s Office, pending positive identification, the department said.

It is expected that identification should be completed next week, at which point the department will issue a press release. The discovery of the remains comes shortly after his family released a statement saying they were continuing to keep him “in our hearts with bright memories”.

“We are deeply grateful to the search teams and co-ordinators who have worked tirelessly to find Julian,” a family statement, issued on Wednesday by the sheriff’s department, read.

“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.”

The sheriff’s department added although Sands had not been found during searches on June 17, the case remained active. Searches have been hampered by poor conditions in the area and were halted in March due to the risk of avalanches.

Eight searches by ground and air have taken place for Sands since his disappearance, with volunteer searcher hours exceeding 500 hours. A spokesperson for the sheriff’s department previously said its goal was “to bring closure” to Sands’ family.

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