Jin Chung, of Los Angeles, was found Tuesday afternoon on Mount Baldy, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department announced later in the day. The 75-year-old man “suffered some weather-related injuries and a leg injury,” but deputies say he was able to walk out of the forest with help from rescue crew members. He is being treated at a nearby hospital.
The sheriff’s department was quick to note that the search for Sands is approaching the end of its second week. The Leaving Las Vegas actor was last seen on Jan. 13 and authorities are no closer to finding him than when they began rescue efforts, saying they’ve found “no evidence of his current location.” Still, the search will continue as the weather allows.
California’s recent storms, which Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) has said are among the worst natural disasters the state has ever faced, have made rescue efforts especially difficult.
Sands’s family has thanked authorities for their “heroic” efforts in searching for the 65-year-old man, but family members have also expressed extreme worry about the status of their loved one, according to the Independent.
Sands is an avid hiker, once telling the Guardian he is happiest when “close to a mountain summit on a glorious cold morning.”
Mount Baldy is just northeast of Los Angeles. San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies said two hikers were injured and later died from falls on or near the 10,068-foot peak in the past six weeks. There were 14 rescues in the area in that time frame alone, according to a public service advisory.