Missing Whiteface skier found safe in California


After six days of searching, State Police said Tuesday the Toronto firefighter assumed missing on Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks was found alive and well in California.

Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis, a 49-year-old Canadian, contacted local authorities in Sacramento, Calif., ending a massive search for him in Wilmington, Essex County, troopers said.

“The circumstances regarding this case are under investigation, and further details will be released at a later time,” the State Police said in a statement.

The search included eight government agencies, two ski patrols and several local volunteers. More than 135 people spent a combined 7,000 hours on the rugged mountain in varying winter weather conditions, officials said. Helicopters and search dogs were also called in to assist.

State Police spokesman Beau Duffy said Tuesday that the agency did not yet have an estimate on how much money the large scale search cost the state.

Filippidis had been last seen at the Whiteface Mountain Ski resort’s mid-station about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was part of a group of Toronto firefighters making their annual ski trip. The search began shortly after he was reported missing at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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