Toronto firefighter missing in New York, found in California
The search for a missing Toronto firefighter, who was last seen at a ski resort in upstate New York, has ended.
Constantinos "Danny" Filippidis disappeared on February 7th, after announcing to friends that he was taking one last run on Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, New York.
He wasn't seen again until five-and-a-half days later, when he surfaced in Sacramento, California.
He was reportedly dazed and confused and is in the care of doctors in a hospital.
New York State Police said in a release that Filippidis made contact with local authorities in California, but the Toronto Professional Firefighters Association says once he found a cellphone, he dialed his wife's number. That was the only one he remembered.
The case is still under investigation, according to police in New York State.
But we know there was as many as 80 firefighters from Toronto helping in the search, and more than 80 officers from New York State at one time.
In a statement, Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg said members of Toronto Fire Services are “relieved” to know Filippidis was found safe.
"We are all very relieved to know that he is safe, following what has been an exhaustive search operation,” Pegg wrote.
“Although details are limited at this time, we have been advised that he is in the care of the police in Sacramento. As this is now the subject of an ongoing investigation, I am unable to provide further comment."
He went on to thank those who aided in the search.