It’s a truly baffling story. A skier went missing from Whiteface Mountain in upstate New York on Wednesday. Now, he’s turned up alive five days later, wearing the same ski clothing, but in Sacramento, California.
Police have not revealed how Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis, 49, of Toronto, traveled 2,900 miles, but they have said that they do not believe he flew across the country because his identification was still in upstate New York, NBC 5 reported.
His belongings and car were still in the parking lot, located in the Adirondacks. Over the last week, police crews, helicopters and hundreds of volunteers combed the mountain in hopes of finding Filippidis.
The man, a firefighter, has no history of mental illness or substance abuse, according to various reports. He called his wife on Tuesday from California, confused.
The president of the Toronto Professional Firefighters' Association told Syracuse.com that "he kinda found himself." Filippidis vanished during his annual ski trip with the Toronto Fire Services' 32nd District, a trip the squad has taken for two decades.
“I’m told he still had the same clothing that he was skiing in and the authorities seemed to indicate that it looked like he had been in those clothes since he’s been missing,” Frank Ramagnano, union president of the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association, said at a press conference.
What exactly happened is still under investigation. For now, people are just happy that the skier was found alive. He is reportedly getting medical attention.
[Photo: New York State Police]