Credit card detection technology used in ongoing search for actor Julian Sands

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The search for missing British actor Julian Sands continued solely by air, with authorities using new technology capable of detecting electronic devices and credit cards.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said it was “hopeful” the technology would be able to more accurately determine an area to focus efforts on.

It comes as the department said further search of higher ground for Sands was still not possible due to poor conditions.

Attempts to find the actor are nearing the end of their second week, after he was first reported missing in the Baldy Bowl area of ​​Southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains on January 13.

On Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Department tweeted, “The search for Julian Sands continues by air only.

“California Highway Patrol – Valley Division Air Ops out of Auburn, CA is currently assisting us with the search using a Recco device.

“The Recco technology can detect Recco reflective materials, electronic devices and, in some cases, credit cards.

“We hope that our @CHP_HQ partners, Officers Hertzell & Calcutt, can identify an area where we can focus our research efforts, and we thank them for their assistance.”

Infrared devices have also been used by authorities before, but to no effect.

On Tuesday, the force said “extensive” ground and air searches had already taken place in lower areas, but no evidence of the actor’s location had been found, although a second hiker who had disappeared in the same area was found alive.

A department spokesperson told the PA news agency that although a ground search for the second hiker provided an opportunity for secondary sweeps, Sands had still not been located.

They added that further ground searches in higher altitude areas were still not possible due to conditions.

“The Sheriff’s Department is approaching the second full week of the search for missing hiker, Julian Sands,” Tuesday’s online statement read.

“Many ground and air search efforts have taken place. To date, Mr Sands has not been found and no evidence of his current location has been uncovered.

“The search will continue, weather and ground conditions permitting.”

The statement adds, “Regardless of precautions taken by hikers, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department strongly recommends that hikers avoid dangerous mountainous areas, such as Mount Baldy, at this time.”

It comes after Sands’ family praised the “heroic” efforts of California authorities leading the search effort.

In a statement, also shared by the sheriff’s department, her family said they were “deeply touched” by the support they had received in the days following her disappearance.

Sands was born in Yorkshire and moved to Los Angeles in 2020.

His breakout role came as the free-spirited George in the period drama A Room With A View, in which he starred alongside Helena Bonham Carter.

He then moved into the horror genre, starring in films such as Warlock and Arachnophobia, as well as dramatic roles on television.

Most recently, he starred as the Chief Medical Officer in the 2021 drama Benediction directed by Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi.

From 1984 to 1987, Sands was married to future Evening Standard and Today editor Sarah Sands, with whom he has a son. He also has two daughters with journalist Evgenia Citkowitz, whom he married in 1990.

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