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Missing Toronto firefighter who disappeared skiing in New York found alive in California

February 15, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Missing Toronto firefighter who disappeared skiing in New York found alive in California

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A missing Toronto firefighter who disappeared while skiing from Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, New York has been mysteriously located in California.

New York State Authorities said that 49-year-old Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis, of Toronto, was discovered 2,900 miles away on Tuesday in Sacramento.

Last Wednesday, Filippidis’ friends reported him missing after they couldn’t find him as the resort was closing.

His belongings were recovered at the lodge and his vehicle was still parked in the lot, The Times-Union reported.

Since then, hundreds of volunteers have spent approximately 7,000 hours searching the mountain.

Crews used K-9s and helicopters as part of the effort.

The steep and icy area made the search even more difficult.

Filippidis made contact with investigators in Sacramento and is reported to be in good health.

The details of Filippidis’ disappearance are still under investigation.

Officials have not disclosed why he went missing.

Before Tuesday, authorities said they had no evidence to believe Filippidis was not on the mountain.

Homeland Security, New York State Police, New York Department of Conservation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and officials in Toronto helped in the search.

Filippidis is a married father of two children and has been a firefighter for 28-years in Toronto.

He had gone skiing with a group of current and retired firefighters.

Toronto Professional Firefighters Local 3888 President Frank Ramagano answered journalists’ questions on Tuesday.

He revealed that Filippidis was discovered confused and not able to answer questions regarding how he made it across the country.

Ramagano said Filippidis was given medical care after he called his wife and then authorities.

The man was discovered alone.

Ramagano added that Filippidis did not have a previous history of mental illness or substance abuse.

He said Filippidis was found in the same ski gear, including the helmet and goggles, that he was last seen in when he went missing.

State authorities did not indicate whether or not Filippidis would be facing charges.

Ramagano noted that he did not think that Filippidis took a flight to California because he left his ID at the resort.

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