British actor Julian Sands, who starred in several Oscar-nominated films in the late 1980s and ’90s, including A Room With a View and Leaving Las Vegas, was found dead on a Southern California mountain five months after he disappeared while hiking, authorities said Tuesday.
An investigation confirmed that it was Sands whose remains hikers found on Sunday in wilderness near Mount Baldy, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said. The 65-year-old actor was a longtime avid hiker who lived in Los Angeles and was reported missing on Jan. 13 after setting out for the peak, which rises more than 3,048 metres east of the city.
Crews aided by drones and helicopters had searched for Sands several times but were severely hampered by wintry conditions that lasted through spring. There was no sign of Sands until the hikers came upon his remains.
It has not yet been determined how he died, authorities said.