Missing Toronto firefighter found in California

Missing Toronto firefighter has no memory of what happened: Cops

A Toronto Fire captain who went missing from a New York Ski slope and turned up in California a week later cannot remember what happened, U.S. police agencies say.

Constantinos (Danny) Filippidis, 49, was last seen on Feb. 7 on a ski vacation with friends and family at Whiteface Mountain in upstate New York.

He resurfaced on Tuesday at the airport in Sacramento where he called police and was treated for a head injury.

“He doesn’t know what happened,” said Maj. John Tibbitts, of the New York State Police.

“He is still piecing together pieces of the last days.”

Filippidis told police in Sacramento he got there hitching a ride on some sort of transport truck, but can’t remember the details.

“We don’t know the means of transport. Nobody knows what happened. We can’t rule out anything.  If anyone saw him (during the missing days), please call state police,” Tibbitts said.

Although Filippidis said he has memory loss, he recalled his wife’s phone number and called her on a newly purchased phone from the airport in Sacramento.

“I won’t comment on how he remembered his wife’s phone number,” Tibbitts said.

The Sacramento sheriff’s department said Wednesday that Filippidis isn’t facing any charges in California and is on his way back to New York State to be interviewed by police.

Jon Lundin, of the  Olympic Regional Development Authority — which oversees the area where Filippidis went missing on the slopes — says that 7,000 man hours were spent looking for him.

Lundin wouldn’t say how much money was spent on the search.

There are jurisdictions that bill an individual for a search-and-rescue mission if it is later found unwarranted for reasons other than misfortune.

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