The remains of Julian Sands have been identified in a California forest

Human remains found in a Southern California forest on Saturday have been identified as those of British actor Julian Sands, who went missing after hiking in the area since January, authorities said Tuesday.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said In a statement Mr. Sands’ remains have been “positively identified” and the cause of death is “pending further autopsy results.”

North Hollywood’s Mr. Sands, 65, is an avid hiker and best known for his role in the critically acclaimed 1986 film “A Room With a View.” Adapted from the novel by EM Forster, the film continues to make the list as one of the greatest British films of all time.

He also appeared in dozens of other films and TV shows, including “Arachnophobia,” “Nude Lunch,” “Warlock” and “Ocean’s Thirteen.”

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said hikers found the remains Saturday morning in the Mount Baldy area, more than 40 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

Mr. who was with his wife and three children. Sands went missing in January after hiking alone on Mount Baldi. On hiking websites, the popular trek is described as challenging and difficult.

Although their efforts were complicated by dangerous conditions, including heavy rain and snow, they held out for a few months in June.

In an update on the search on June 17, the Sheriff’s Department said parts of the mountain were still inaccessible due to “extreme alpine conditions,” including steep terrain and canyons covered in more than 10 feet of snow and ice.

More than 80 search and rescue volunteers, deputies and staff participated in the day’s search. Two helicopters and drone teams were used to check areas inaccessible to ground searchers, the sheriff’s department said.

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The Sheriff’s Department since January said Mr. Officials said they conducted eight searches for Sands, with volunteers spending more than 500 hours searching. At the same time, eight other unrelated search and rescue operations were also conducted in the area.

Mr. Sands often spoke of his love of nature 2020 interview with The Guardian He was very happy when he was near the top of the mountain on a cold morning.

In another interview the same year With Thrive GlobalA health and wellness company started by Arianna Huffington, who said she spent time in mountain ranges in North America and Europe.

Non-climbers consider it ego and a “great heroic sprint” to the summit, Mr. Sands said.

“But actually, it’s the other way around,” he said. “When you go to these mountains it’s about prayer and sacrifice and humility. It’s not a celebration of oneself, but an eradication of one’s sense of self. So on these walks you lose yourself, you become a vessel of energy in harmony with your environment.

Lauren McCarthy Contributed report.

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