Huh? Fireman missing in NY found in Sacramento


A Toronto firefighter who was the subject of a massive six-day search involving eight government agencies at an Adirondack ski center in NY has been located safe and sound - in Sacramento.

Authorities say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the case, but released few other details.

Ramagnano applauded the 100 Toronto firefighters who volunteered to help search for the missing fire captain.

"Although details are limited at this time, we have been advised that he is in the care of police in Sacramento", Pegg's statement, released over Twitter, said.

He was found sometime after calling his wife on Tuesday, said Frank Ramagnano, the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association president.

An investigation into what happened continues, Ramagnano said.

It is not known how Filippidis was able to get from NY to California as union officials said he did not have identification on him at the time.

He reportedly told police he had not been the victim of any crime.

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The CBC quotes a firefighters union official as saying Filippidis made contact with his wife but "he was confused" and unable to give direct answers to her questions.

"He had called her by a nickname and she quickly recognized the voice and that it was him but then they lost contact". She told him to call 911, and when he did, Sacramento police made sure he got medical attention.

Filippidis was wearing the same ski closes he was reported missing in.

"I'm not aware of any history of mental illness", Ramagnano said.

He added that American authorities were in possession of the man's passport, so it was unlikely he flew to California. "No matter how the investigation unfolds, you can not take away from all the volunteers and all the work that was put into finding Danny", Ramagnano said. He said Filippidis was skiing with one other person but when that person started to feel tired, he said Filippidis chose to do "one last run" by himself.

Constantinos "Danny" Filippidis, 49, of Toronto disappeared from Whiteface Resort in upstate NY last Wednesday during an annual trip organized by a group of off-duty Toronto firefighters.

The route 49-year-old Filippidis took to get there from the ski slope in Lake Placid, N.Y., where he went missing six days earlier, however, remains a mystery. Here Fillipidis, a firefighter on holiday, went missing at a resort in Wilmington that includes ski lifts, lodges, restaurants and regular patrols. Filippidis stayed out on the hill for one more run.

One employee at the mountain jokingly said in passing Tuesday, "Whiteface is now home to the longest ski trail in the world".