Second hiker goes missing on Mount Baldy – the same mountain where actor Julian Sands is missing

Author: Yuvi January 25, 2023

Second hiker goes missing on Mount Baldy – the same mountain where actor Julian Sands is missing – after sheriff issues warning to stay away from ‘extremely dangerous’ area

Jin Chung, 75, went missing after going on a solo hike on Sunday Chung arrived at Mount Baldy with friends but failed to return to the car at 2pm Actor Julian Sands disappeared in the same area on January 13 

Police are searching for a second hiker who went missing on Mount Baldy where actor Julian Sands was last seen.

Jin Chung, 75, disappeared in the Southern California mountain range on Sunday, less than two weeks after Sands. Police have been unable to locate the actor despite deploying helicopters and drones around the area.

Chung took a solo hike on one of the rigorous trails at 6am and failed to meet his carpool buddies back at the car at 2pm. 

Officers previously warned hikers to stay away from the snow-infiltrated mountain due to its ‘extremely dangerous’ conditions.

A search party sought Chung overnight on Monday ‘with negative results.’

Jin Chung, 75, went missing on after going on a solo hike on Sunday. A picture of Chung wasn’t immediately available. The map shows the extensive trail of Mt. Baldy

 Chung arrived at Mount Baldy with friends but failed to return to the car at 2pm

The hunt for Chung will continue leading into Tuesday if the high wind threat lessens. 

Police said Chung arrived at Mount Baldy with two others before parting ways on Sunday.

The group agreed to go their separate ways and meet back at the car by 2pm. Chung failed to return or communicate with the others. 

The search for Chung allows for police a second chance to check the premises on foot for Sands whose cell phone last pinged at the mountain.

Julian Sands went missing while hiking on Mount Baldy on January 13.

The search for Chung allows for police a second chance to check the premises on foot for Sands (above) whose cell phone last pinged at the mountain.  He is pictured sitting on a peak of the Weisshorn mountain in the Swiss Alps

Over the weekend, police failed to locate the actor while using infrared devices. 

Federal and state agencies in the United States joined the search amid worsening weather conditions and avalanche risks which have previously stopped the work of ground crews.

The father-of-three, who is known for appearances in The Killing Fields, Arachnophobia, 24 and Smallville, was reported missing at around 7:30pm on January 13 after failing to come back from a hike on Mount Baldy. 

The county sheriff’s department revealed that pings from the actor’s phone appeared to show he had been on the move heading further into the mountainous area of Baldy Bowl on the day he was reported missing 

Police also retrieved important phone data, showing that the West Yorkshire-born actor was still on the move on Sunday 15 January – but they have not been able to pick up any signal since due to his battery running low.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department previously warned hikers to ‘think twice and heed warnings’ as weather conditions in the area worsened.

Sands and Helena Bonham Carter on set for the award-winning 1985 film A Room With A View

The department reported its search and rescue teams had responded to 14 calls on and around Mount Baldy over the last four weeks.

Two hikers were reported to have died in the last four weeks amid worsening conditions.

Crystal Paula Gonzalez, a mother-of-four described as ‘the dancing hiking queen’, is understood to have slipped and plunged 700ft down the Baldy Bowl.

A helicopter was immediately dispatched, and soon found Gonzalez ‘down on a steep and icy hillside, surrounded by numerous helpful hikers assisting in any way they could,’ according to an incident report.

On 28 December, Jarret Choi, 43, was hiking the Ice House Canyon trail when he fell near the Ice House Saddle ridge line.

He was found two days later, after a search hampered by extreme weather conditions.

25 January, 2023, 8:53 am
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