Second hiker reported missing on California’s Mount Baldy as search continues for actor Julian Sands

Rescue personnel in California have launched a search for a second hiker on the same mountain where the actor Julian Sands is missing.

The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that its search and rescue team received a request Sunday to search for a 75-year-old Los Angeles man on Mt. Baldy.

Jin Chung, of North Hollywood, was last seen around 6 a.m. Sunday, the sheriff’s department said.

Chung carpooled up the mountain with two others and made plans to meet them at the vehicle at 2 pm, but Chung did not return, authorities said. Ground crews unsuccessfully searched for Chung after he was reported missing.

Authorities said a high wind warning later prevented rescue teams from using helicopters as they searched the area for Chung.

The sheriff’s department also said rescuers continued to search Mt. Baldy for Sands without success over the weekend.

“Helicopters and drones continued to use infrared devices during the search, however all tested negative for any sign of Sands,” the department statement said.

The department previously warned hikers to “stay away” from the Mount Baldy area.

“It is extremely dangerous and even experienced hikers are getting into trouble,” the sheriff’s department said.

Earlier this month, Crystal Paula González, a mother of four, died after sliding more than 500 feet by Mount Baldy. Her friends and family described her as an experienced hiker.

Mount Baldy is located in the San Gabriel Mountains, about 50 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. It borders Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.


Sands, 65, was reported missing on January 13 while out walking. Search and rescue teams began searching for him in the San Gabriel Mountains area, about 40 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Sands starred opposite Helena Bonham Carter in director James Ivory’s 1985 British romantic film “A Room With a View.”

He also had major roles in 1989’s “Warlock,” 1990’s “Arachnophobia,” 1991’s “Naked Lunch,” 1993’s “Boxing Helena,” and 1995’s “Leaving Las Vegas.”

Sands has worked steadily in the decades since with smaller roles on film and television.

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