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Six-day search in Adirondacks ends; man safe in California

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WILMINGTON, N.Y. (AP) -- It's still not clear how a 49-year-old skier whose disappearance sparked a massive search on a snowy Adirondack mountainside showed up a week later in California, confused and in ski clothes.

Toronto firefighter Constantinos "Danny" Filippidis was reported missing Feb. 7 from Whiteface Mountain during a ski trip. As many as 140 people a day searched the wooded mountainside.

The search ended Tuesday after Filippidis contacted local authorities from Sacramento, California.

Frank Ramagnano of the Toronto Professional Firefighters' Association said Filippidis was "confused" and unable to give direct answers. He was hospitalized.

A Sacramento officer told the Post-Standard of Syracuse that Filippidis thought he'd suffered a head injury, rode in a truck and slept a lot. He got a haircut and bought an iPhone to call his wife.

New York troopers wouldn't comment Wednesday.


WILMINGTON, N.Y. (AP) -- A Toronto firefighter who was the subject of a massive six-day search involving eight government agencies at an Adirondack ski center has been located safe and sound -- in California.

Authorities launched a search for 49-year-old skier Constantinos "Danny" Filippidis on Whiteface Mountain last Wednesday afternoon after his companions reported him missing. State police said Tuesday the search was called off when Filippidis contacted local authorities in Sacramento, California.

Officials say more than 140 people spent a combined 7,000 hours searching the rugged mountain terrain, calling in helicopters and search dogs to assist.

Filippidis was part of a group of Toronto firefighters making their annual ski trip to Whiteface. Police say the circumstances of the case are under investigation.

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