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Thursday January 19th, 2023 :: 10:00 a.m. PST


Search Continues for Missing Hiker on Mt Baldy

DATE/TIME: Friday, January 13, 2023 / 7:30 p.m.

INCIDENT: Search for Missing Hiker

LOCATION: Baldy Bowl Area of Mt. Baldy

MISSING PERSON(S): Julian Sands, 65-years-old, Resident of North Hollywood

SUMMARY: On Friday, January 13, 2023, at about 7:30 p.m., a hiker, identified as 65-year-old Julian Sands of North Hollywood, was reported missing in the Baldy Bowl area of Mt. Baldy. Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue crews responded and began a search.  

On January 15, 2023, phone pings showed Sands to be heading to the Mount Baldy area. Additional phone pings from the cell provider were attempted but were unsuccessful, due to the lack of cell service and most likely cell phone power failure. A delayed ping through Sands’ Apple iPhone operating system, from January 14, 2023, provided a possible location on one of the trails leading to the summit of Mount Baldy. This area was checked by ground searchers and by helicopter. Ground and air searchers were unable to locate any evidence in this area that would assist in locating Mr. Sands. Because of avalanche risks and trail conditions, the ground crews were pulled off the mountain on Saturday evening.  However, the search continues by helicopter and drones when the weather permits. Additional ground searches will be scheduled when the weather improves, and it is safe for our rescue crews. 

The Sheriff’s Department urges everyone to stay away from that area. It is extremely dangerous even for the skilled hiker. Current weather conditions and low cloud coverage makes it very difficult to deploy resources to that area when a hiker goes missing. When we do deploy resources, the weather plays a huge factor on what resources we can use.  

 Refer:  Detective B. Meelker 

Station:  Fontana

Phone No. 909-356-6710

Case No.  032300120

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Headquarters
655 E 3rd St
San Bernardino, CA 92408

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