Authorities say there is still “no hard deadline” to call off the search for Julian Sands, one week after the British actor was reported missing in the mountains of southern California.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said the incident was still being classified as a search and rescue operation, although snow, sleet and fog continued to hamper operations on foot.
On Thursday evening visibility at high altitudes in the Baldy Hill area remained poor, and it was planned to continue the search when conditions permitted.
“We will schedule another ground search when the weather improves, and it will be safe for our ground crews,” a department spokesman told the PA news agency.
The spokesman added that there was “no hard deadline” for abandoning search efforts and “no fixed date”.
Earlier Thursday, Sands’ family pulled his car from a parking lot where it was found during the search.
Mount Baldy residents noted the “extreme” conditions but said they would “do nothing out of control” in the mission to find Sands.
“Conditions can be extreme and even as a resident we don’t hike this time of year…it’s very fast, it can be very dangerous,” Stephanie Coyne told PA on Mount Baldy.
“In previous years other people have gone missing and (people) have been injured every year.”
Ms Coyne, who works at the Mount Baldy ski resort, said the bad weather was “typical” for this time of year.
“People got it, it can happen. I wouldn’t rule anything out – the whole situation is unfortunate,” she said.
Sands was reported missing in the Baldy Bowl area of the San Gabriel mountains on the evening of January 13, with local authorities continuing a search with “helicopter and drones weather permitting”.
Ms Coyne said there had been other cases of walkers “falling” in the same area in recent weeks.
Another resident, Jaqueline Miller-Weaver, who works in a sled shop in Mount Baldy, PA, said: “It’s very rough … the conditions are bad.
“It’s very icy in some areas, even crampons wouldn’t help you,” she said.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department advised visitors to “think twice and heed warnings” after treacherous weather in the region, saying its search and rescue teams responded to 14 calls on Mount Baldy and the surrounding area in the past four weeks.
Yorkshire-born Sands is best known for his role as free-spirited George in the period drama A Room With A View, in which he starred opposite Helena Bonham Carter, Sir Daniel Day-Lewis, Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith .
He also appeared in Leaving Las Vegas and Warlock, as well as appearing on television in 24, Smallville and Banshee.
Most recently he was the chief medical officer in the drama Benediction directed by Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi in 2021.
He has been living in Los Angeles since 2020.
From 1984 to 1987 Sands was married to future Evening Standard and Today editor Sarah Sands, with whom he shares a son, and he also has two daughters with journalist Evgenia Citkowitz, whom he married in 1990.