Nick Sands, brother of Julian Sands, has told a British publication that he knows “in my heart that he’s gone” as California authorities continue to search for the actor.
Julian Sands was first reported missing from Mt. Baldy area of California on January 13. Authorities announced late Tuesday that although they had found another missing hiker, there was still no sign of Sands.
“The Sheriff’s Department is closing in on the second full week of the search for missing hiker, Julian Sands. Numerous ground and air search efforts have taken place,” according to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department. “At this time, Mr. Sands has not been found and no evidence of his current location has been discovered.”
The other hiker, Jin Chung, a 75-year-old Los Angeles resident who was last seen on Sunday, was found to have “suffered some weather-related injuries and a leg injury, but was able to walk out with the help of crew members. ”
“He was transported to a local hospital for treatment,” the press release read. “No further information is available at this time.”
Authorities said they are continuing their search for Sands, 65, best known for his roles in “A Room with a View,” “The Killing Fields” and “Arachnophobia.”
His older brother spoke to the Craven Herald & Pioneer about his fears over his sibling’s disappearance.
“He hasn’t been declared missing, presumed dead yet, but I know in my heart he’s gone,” Nick Sands said. “Whatever sibling rivalry is, it would be like him to walk away and prove me wrong.”
The elder Sands also talked about his brother’s love of hiking.
“When he was in LA, the Mt Baldy mountain range was his favorite place, he would go there as often as he could,” Sands said. “Julian liked to say ‘I’ve never had a holiday, but I rest now and then’ – well, he’s now resting somewhere he’d really approve.”
Authorities warned in their statement: “Many hikers, experienced or novice, underestimate the steep terrain, unpredictable weather and high winds that present themselves in our mountain areas” and advised “hikers to avoid dangerous mountain areas, such as Mt. Baldy, at this time .”