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Skier Missing on New York Mountain, Found in California Wearing Ski Clothes

Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis has no idea where he has been

 on 18th February 2018 @ 12.23pm
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Skier Constantinos Filippidis went missing in New York but was found in California

A skier who went missing whilst skiing on a New York mountain has turned up 6 days after police began their search, in California, still wearing his ski clothing, with no idea of how he got there.

49-year-old Toronto firefighter Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis, told investigators he has "no idea" how he got to California and it "totally confused" by his bizarre disappearance.

Police are still trying to piece together the events that followed Mr. Filippidis' strange vanishing after he was reported missing on Wednesday, Feb. 7, from Whiteface Mountain during an annual ski trip with colleagues.

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Danny went missing on a NY mountain, but was found in California

The search ended Tuesday when Filippidis turned up in Sacramento, California, some 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometers) west of the Adirondacks.

“At this point, we want to assist Danny in getting back the last six days of his life,” said New York State Police Maj. John Tibbitts.

Filippidis was heading back to the Lake Placid, New York, area on Wednesday. Tibbitts said the firefighter had agreed to be interviewed by state police but that he’s not aware that Filippidis broke any laws.

Frank Ramagnano, president of the Toronto Professional Firefighters’ Association, told reporters at a news conference Tuesday evening that Filippidis appeared to be “confused and was unable to give direct answers.”

“He had phoned (his wife) and called her by a nickname. She quickly recognized the voice and that it was him,” Ramagnano said.

“Then they lost contact and he contacted her again and they kept him on the phone and asked him to call 911 to get him help as soon as possible.”

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Police say they are helping Danny get back the last 6 days of his life

Filippidis told deputies he remembered little but thought he’d suffered a head injury, being inside some sort of large empty vehicle the same size as a "big-rig style truck" and slept “a lot,” Sgt. Shaun Hampton of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department told the Post-Standard of Syracuse.

Filippidis said he bought an iPhone to call his wife and told deputies that a truck dropped him off in downtown Sacramento, where he got a haircut, Hampton said.

Tibbitts said it was too early in the missing person investigation to comment on details provided by others.

He also declined to estimate the cost of the six-day search, which involved a helicopter and up to 140 people a day, some combing the snow with hands.

Police distributed a picture of Filippidis taken in California on Tuesday, hoping people who recognize him can help solve the mystery.

“He wants to find out where he was as badly as we want to find out where he was,” Tibbitts said.

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