Julian Sands missing: Rescuers find missing hiker Jin Chung on Mount Baldy in California, but no sign of the actor


RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — A hiker who was reported missing in the mountains of Southern California was found alive Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Jin Chung, a 75-year-old Los Angeles resident, disappeared Sunday while hiking Mount Baldy, the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains outside of Los Angeles. He was the second hiker to go missing on Mount Baldy this month. British actor Julian Sands, a 65-year-old Los Angeles resident, was reported missing in the Baldy Bowl area on the evening of Jan. 13, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Search and rescue teams traveled the mountain on foot, by helicopter and via drones. On Tuesday afternoon, they located Chung, who “sustained weather-related injuries and a leg injury but was able to get out with the help of crew members,” the sheriff’s department said. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment. His condition was unknown.

Actor Julian Sands (right) at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, Italy, and (left) in a more recent photo provided by his family.

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Sands, however, remains missing.

“The Sheriff’s Department is approaching the second full week of the search for missing hiker, Julian Sands. Extensive ground and aerial search efforts have taken place,” the Sheriff’s Department said in a news release Tuesday. “At this time, 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.”

Last week, ground crews were pulled from the mountain due to avalanche hazard and trail conditions, while the search for Sands continued by helicopter and drones. There was evidence of avalanches on the west side of the slopes, according to the sheriff’s department

Sands’ family released a statement on Monday, expressing “sincere thanks to the compassionate members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department who are coordinating the search for our beloved Julian” and several other “heroic search teams … who are braving difficult conditions on the ground and in the air to bring Julian home.”

“We are deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support,” the family added.

Born in England, Sands lives in the North Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles having made dozens of television and film appearances since the 1980s. Helena Bonham-Carter – in the 1985 Oscar-winning drama “A Room with a View.” Sands also starred in “Warlock,” “Leaving Las Vegas,” and a 1998 adaptation of “The Phantom of the Opera” as the title character.

The sheriff’s department said it “strongly recommends that hikers avoid dangerous mountainous areas, such as Mount Baldy, at this time” regardless of what precautions they may take. From 2017 to 2022, search and rescue teams conducted 233 missions on Mount Baldy, killing eight people, according to the sheriff’s department.

“Many hikers, experienced or novice, underestimate the steep terrain, unpredictable weather and high winds that occur in our mountain areas,” the sheriff’s department said in Tuesday’s news release. “Exposure to the elements and falls contribute to Mount Baldy’s rising death rate and the risk of avalanches prolongs rescue efforts.”

ABC News’ Caleigh Bartash contributed to this report.

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