Human remains have been discovered near where Julian Sands went missing.
The ‘Room with a View’ actress was last seen on 13 January in the Mount Baldy area of California, and now the local sheriff’s department has disclosed that civilian hikers alerted police on Saturday morning after uncovering a heartbreaking find.
The remains have been brought to the coroner’s office for identification, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, with the process scheduled to be finished next week and a further announcement made.
Sands, an avid hiker and mountaineer, went missing on January 13 after failing to return home following a stroll in the Mount Baldy area.
Since then, eight ground and air searches for the ‘Leaving Las Vegas’ actor have been conducted, but they have been hampered by adverse weather conditions in the area, and were even halted in March owing to the risk of avalanches.
On June 17, 80 volunteers, deputies, and officials, as well as two helicopters and drone crews, set out to look for Sands.
The sheriff’s department said in a statement at the time: “Despite the recent warmer weather, portions of the mountain remain inaccessible due to extreme alpine conditions,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement at the time.
“Multiple areas include steep terrain and ravines, which still have 10-plus feet of ice and snow.”
Earlier this week, the ’24’ actor’s family said they continued to keep him “in our hearts with bright memories”.
They added in a statement: “We are deeply grateful to the search teams and co-ordinators 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.”