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Skier missing in New York state turns up in California
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Skier missing in New York state turns up in California

This is the moment a skier who went missing from Whiteface Mountain in New York state mysteriously turned up in California wearing the same gear he had on when he vanished.

Constantinos 'Danny' Filippidis, 49, of Toronto, was reported missing last Wednesday by friends who said he could not be found as the resort was closing.

The intermediate level skier said he was going to get one more run and went out by himself but then vanished.

Constantinos 'Danny' Filippidis, 49, is pictured outside Sacramento Airport, still in his ski gear and sporting a new haircut 

Constantinos 'Danny' Filippidis, 49, is pictured outside Sacramento Airport, still in his ski gear and sporting a new haircut 

It is unclear how he managed to get to California and a colleague said it was unlikely that he flew as his passport was left behind. 

According to New York State Police, the married father-of-two was found in a confused state 2,900 miles away Tuesday in Sacramento after making contact with law enforcement there.

He had arrived at Sacramento International Airport with a new iPhone, a new haircut but no memory of how he had got there.

Filippidis told friends he was going out for one final run and then vanished 

When Filippidis was found, he was wearing the same ski gear, including the helmet and goggles, he was last seen in when he was reported missing

His passport was back at the ski resort and Filippidis told deputies he had been a passenger in a 'big-style truck' and had slept a lot. 

His disappearance had sparked a search in which hundreds of volunteers spent about 7,000 hours combing the mountain with helicopters and dogs also deployed in the steep and icy terrain.

He was reported to be in good health though the circumstances of his disappearance remain under investigation.

In a press conference Wednesday afternoon,  New York State Police Maj. John Tibbitts said officers needed Filippidis to return to Lake Placid so they could try and establish exactly what happened.

'We have not gotten anything of any veracity since he's been recovered. 'He told the people he spoke to he couldn't remember the past five, six days,' he said.

Sgt. Shaun Hampton of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, said Filippidis remembered little when he was found.

Danny Filippids and a woman believed to be his daughter, Taylor 

Danny Filippids and a woman believed to be his daughter, Taylor 

'He related to the officers that he had been skiing in New York, he believed he had hit his head or had been hit in the head,' Hampton said, according to WCAX3.

'He said he was dropped off by a truck driver. He said he slept a lot during the trip here and he didn't have a lot of recollection of how he got from A to B.' 

Police released the new photo of Filippidis in an appeal to anyone who might have seen Filippidis during the time he was missing. Anyone who saw Filippidis between Feb. 7 and Feb. 13 is asked to call New York State Police at 518-873-2750.

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

The firefighter ended up 2,700 miles away in Sacramento, still in the same clothes and with his passport back at Whiteface Mountain

The firefighter ended up 2,700 miles away in Sacramento, still in the same clothes and with his passport back at Whiteface Mountain

The Department of Homeland Security, New York State Police, New York Department of Conservation, United States Customs and Border Protection and officials in Toronto assisted with the search.

Toronto Professional Firefighters Local 3888 President Frank Ramagano said Filippidis was found alone confused and unable to answer questions as to how he got to California.

Ramagano said Filippidis was receiving medical care after calling his wife and then 911.

His disappearance sparked a search in which hundreds of volunteers spent about 7,000 hours combing the mountain with helicopters and dogs also deployed in the steep and icy terrain

His disappearance sparked a search in which hundreds of volunteers spent about 7,000 hours combing the mountain with helicopters and dogs also deployed in the steep and icy terrain

Whiteface Mountain, where Filippidis and friends had been skiing before his disappearance

Whiteface Mountain, where Filippidis and friends had been skiing before his disappearance

Filippidis did not have a history of mental illness or substance abuse, Ramagano explained.

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

Ramagano said he did not believe Filippidis flew because he left his passport at Whiteface. 

New York State Homeland Security and Emergency Services was part of the search

New York State Homeland Security and Emergency Services was part of the search