The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department provided a grim update on the search for missing actor Julian Sands, who went missing on a hike in January.
CNN reports that authorities said in a statement: “Civilian hikers contacted the Fontana Sheriff’s Station after they discovered human remains in the wilderness on Mt. Baldy.”
Positive identification could take about a week.
Sands disappeared while hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles. The final beeps from her cell phone came from the same area where the remains were found.
The extensive search for the 65-year-old actor was hampered by the area’s remote location and poor weather conditions.
In April, Sands’s son, Henry, told Britain’s The Times he was “realistic” about the search efforts, noting: “The weather conditions in the last three months – it’s been a 40-year snowfall record in California”.
He explained: “There is nothing more to say at this time other than to reinforce my deepest gratitude for the love and support that my family and I have received.”
Henry continued, “I am tremendously grateful for all the efforts thus far by the volunteer search and rescue climbers and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s team to bring my father home.”
He added: “I hope the search will resume as soon as the weather improves and ground conditions are safe and feasible to do so.”
Sands is known for his many film and television roles, including “A Room with a View” (1985), “Gothic” (1986), “Vibes” (1988), “Warlock” (1989), “Arachnophobia” (1990 ), “Naked Lunch” (1991), “Leaving Las Vegas” (1995) and appearances in television series such as “24” (2006) and “Smallville” (2009-2010).