Toronto firefighter located safely in California after going missing in NY

Pauline Gross
February 14, 2018

He was found, it is said, when he phoned local police in Sacramento.

American authorities say they suspect a Toronto fire captain who went missing in NY and was found in California may have received a head injury at some point during his journey across the country.

"He related to the officers that he had been skiing in NY, believed he had hit his head or had been hit in the head", Sacramento County Police Sgt. Shaun Hampton said.

Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg sent out a tweet Tuesday, confirming the search for Filippidis was over.

"Although details are limited at this time, we have been advised that he is in the care of police in Sacramento", Pegg's statement, released over Twitter, said.

"As this is now an ongoing investigation, I am unable to provide further comment".

An investigation into what happened continues, Ramagnano said.

Deputies said Filippidis bought a cellphone at some point along the way to California, but he doesn't remember where.

Early Tuesday evening, Ramagnano told reporters that he is "extremely happy" that Filippidis is well and will be reunited with his family.

A report in Syracuse.com said 80 of Filippidis' colleagues from the fire department were among those searching for him in the resort.

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She told him to call 911 and get help.

"Filippidis was found alone, still wearing his snow trousers, jacket and had his goggles and ski helmet when police officers responded to his call from just outside California's capital", the Toronto Star reported Tuesday night.

Ramaga also revealed Danny did not have a history of mental illness or substance abuse.

He added that American authorities were in possession of the man's passport, so it was unlikely he flew to California.

"We understand that there will be speculation and many questions at this time, however, please appreciate that authorities will be conducting a full and thorough investigation into what transpired", Ramagnano said.

"No matter the outcome, it doesn't take away from all the work the volunteers did".

"On behalf of Toronto Fire Services, I would like to thank all those who participated in the search". He said Filippidis was skiing with one other person but when that person started to feel tired, he said Filippidis chose to do "one last run" by himself.

The 49-year-old was with a group of fellow firefighters from Toronto on an annual ski trip. So, while Filippidis technically went missing in the Adirondack Mountains, it's more like he disappeared on a busy city street.

One employee at the mountain jokingly said in passing Tuesday, "Whiteface is now home to the longest ski trail in the world".

Other reports by GizPress

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