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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Police on Wednesday were trying to piece together how a 49-year-old skier whose disappearance sparked a massive search on a snowy New York mountainside ended up six days later in California, confused and still in ski clothes. Toronto firefighter Constantinos "Danny" Filippidis told investigators he doesn't know what happened after he was reported missing Wednesday, Feb. 7, from Whiteface Mountain during an annual ski trip with colleagues. 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.




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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."

Filippidis told deputies he remembered little, but thought he'd suffered a head injury, rode in 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. Tibbitts said it was too early in the missing person investigation to comment on details provided from 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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CanadaMan takes an American adventure

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-02-17 04:38 PM | Reply

David Paulides. Look him up.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2018-02-17 07:50 PM | Reply

Go west, young man.

#3 | Posted by TheTom at 2018-02-18 12:07 AM | Reply

Had an uncle who, back towards the end of WWII, crashed in a seaplane off the coast of Florida. Apparently, he was rescued without injury but he didn't show up to visit family for a week. He had no recollection at all of what happened during that week, never remembered it.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-18 09:24 AM | Reply

Tyler lives.

#5 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-02-19 02:26 AM | Reply

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