On Tuesday, authorities provided an update on efforts to locate Sands, who was hiking in the Baldy Bowl hiking area, located about 50 miles east of Los Angeles.
Variety reports that the Sands disappeared on the evening of January 13th.
“The Sheriff’s Department is wrapping up its second full week of searching for the missing hitchhiker, Julian Sands. Numerous ground and air search efforts have been undertaken. As of this time, Mr. Sands has not been found and there is no evidence of his current existence,” the San County Sheriff’s Department said. “The site has been discovered,” Bernardino said in a statement.
The search will continue, weather and ground conditions permitting.
Authorities also reported that they managed to locate another missing hiker on Tuesday afternoon.
The missing man had suffered “weather-related injuries” but was able to leave the area with the help of officials. He has since been taken to hospital for treatment. The department has also issued additional precautions to avoid hiking in the area around Mount Baldy due to the harsh environmental conditions.
Sands’ brother, Nick Sands, has expressed fears that Julian will still be missing.
In an article published on Tuesday in Telegraph & Argus, Nick Sands speaks of his brother’s affection for the Mount Baldy region and his doubts that he could live such a long time in the area.
“He has not yet been declared missing and is presumed dead, but I know in my heart that he is gone,” Nick Sands said.
“Whatever sibling rivalry is what it is, it would be just like him getting out there and proving me wrong. He has an army of friends, fans, and admirers who have been amazing in their support and will miss Jules very much.”
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