Hikers that found Julian Sands name ‘surreal’ items found by actor’s body

Julian Sands search continues

Beloved actor Julian Sands vanished at the start of the year as he never returned from a hike in the San Gabriel Mountains and, when his wife Evgenia Citkowitz reported him missing on January 13, an intense search party was organized.

For months the relentless search efforts continued to no avail until a group of civilian hikers discovered the actor’s body, and some worrisome items, on one of the deadliest mountains in the United States. 

The group has now spoken out on the “surreal” experience for the first time as they told the Los Angeles Times that The Blacklist star was “dressed like a ninja” in all dark colours. 

Generally, hikers challenging themselves with more treacherous journeys sport bright and colourful outfits to make it easier for search parties to find them, on foot and from the air, if something were to happen.

The group also claimed that Julian was not appropriately prepared for the terrain he would have faced on the hike in the midst of the Los Angeles winter.

READ MORE: Julian Sands’ cause of death reaches inconclusive final verdict

They explained that he didn’t have a helmet or ice axe and was wearing microspikes which are generally used for snowy trials that aren’t steep. 

One hiker declared he was “a little shocked” to see an advanced hiker using the microspikes as they were simply the “wrong tools for the job”.

The hikers also discovered Julian’s phone nearby although it is believed that he didn’t have reception. 

On June 27, the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department was able to identify the body the hikers had found as Julian and deemed the Englishman’s cause of death as “undetermined” in late July.

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A public information officer for the county revealed the verdict to People at the time and explained that it “is common” for the cause to be undetermined in this type of case “due to the condition of the body”. 

In a 2020 interview with The Guardian, Julian revealed just how important his hiking hobby was to him, saying he was at his happiest when “close to a mountain summit on a glorious cold morning”.

The 65-year-old is survived by his wife Evgenia Citkowitz and their two daughters, Natalya and Imogen, as well as his son Henry from his previous marriage to journalist Sarah Sands. 

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