The San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department has confirmed that a second hiker, Jin Chung, has gone missing from Mount Baldy. This news comes a week after actor Julian Sands failed to return from the same location. On Monday, January 23rd, the department announced that the Los Angeles resident was last seen on Sunday, January 22nd. Chung was spotted at 6 am after carpooling to Mount Baldy with two other individuals, according to the sheriff-coroner’s department. The group had planned to meet back at their vehicle at 2 pm, but Chung never returned.
The search for the missing hiker, Jin Chung, continued overnight but did not yield any positive results, according to officials. This news comes on the heels of actor Julian Sands, 65, being reported missing in the Baldy Bowl area two weeks ago. The rescue operation has involved the use of helicopters, drones, and infrared devices in an effort to locate the ‘Ocean’s Thirteen’ actor this weekend. The department shared in a press release that “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.” Despite the efforts of ground and air searchers, no evidence has been found to assist in locating Mr. Sands.
Last week, police announced that over the course of the past four weeks, there have been 14 rescue missions in and around Mount Baldy, where San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue teams have been responding to calls for lost, stranded, and/or injured hikers. Unfortunately, two of these hikers did not survive falls that resulted in injuries. This statement was made in a news release regarding the recent cases of missing hikers in the area.
The officials announced that the search for Jin Chung will resume on Tuesday, January 24th, but due to high wind warnings in the area, helicopters will not be used during the operation. The sheriff-coroner’s department also stated that during this ground search, they will also use this opportunity to search for Julian Sands in specific areas, as per People.
Anyone with information regarding the missing hikers is encouraged to contact the Fontana Sheriff’s Station at (909) 356-6767 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (909) 387-8313. They can choose to remain anonymous by using the We-Tip Hotline by calling 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or visiting the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.