Missing Whiteface skier found safe - in California


In the clip, titled "skier teleported 2,900 miles away from mountain", he likened the incident to a famous apparent UFO encounter by Travis Walton in 1975.

Deputies said Filippidis bought a cellphone at some point along the way to California, but he doesn't remember where. She told him to call 911, and when he did, Sacramento police made sure he got medical attention.

Toronto Professional Firefighters Local 3888 President Frank Ramagano answered reporters' questions on Tuesday evening.

On Tuesday, the missing man was located in Sacremento, Calif., according to New York State Police. Ramagnano said it's unclear if Filippidis has a history of mental illness.

Filippidis said he caught a ride from Wilmington, New York, to Sacramento with a big rig.

The fire captain's vehicle had remained at Whiteface Mountain; the clothing and other items he had brought with him were still there.

The whole scenario is perplexing.

"He related to the officers that he had been skiing in NY, he believed he had hit his head or had been hit in the head", Hampton said. The group was scheduled to return home that night, he said.

Filippidis, alone and disoriented, was still wearing his ski trousers, helmet and goggles when he called his distraught wife from a Sacramento airport, according to fire officials and local reports.

His belongings - including his identification documents - were discovered in his lodge, along with his auto in the parking lot.

Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg sent out a tweet Tuesday, confirming the search for Filippidis was over. Pegg said he had met Filippidis and described him as "outgoing, positive, larger than life". "They get tested every six months, and he's never touched drugs in his life".

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Chinapen described Filippidis as a fun and outgoing person.

"He actually ended up here in Sacramento, in downtown specifically", said Sgt. Shaun Hampton of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

"I'll probably give him a smack when I see him for making us worry", he said laughing.

Authorities said helicopters, search dogs and 135 people spent days searching for him on Whiteface, one of the most rugged and highest peaks in the Adirondack mountain chain.

The search for the missing skier had entered its sixth day.

According to Ramagnano, about 100 Toronto firefighters travelled to the area to help with the search, and an equal number of their colleagues agreed to backfill their shifts. "On behalf of Toronto Fire Services, I would like to thank all those who participated in the search".

Beau Duffy, a State Police spokesman, said no estimate of the cost of the massive search had been calculated yet.

Whiteface Mountain remains in full operation. Now it's all rather amusing to them. They've taken the trip for 20 years, he said.

"I believe he's still under medical monitoring", he said.

The two guessed Filippidis must be running or hiding from someone.

"Every effort was made to find this guy, and that should be known", Geiling added.