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Missing firefighter on Whiteface Mountain is: 'Outgoing, positive, larger than life'

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Ellis Copeland | 14 February, 2018, 19:46

Constantinos "Danny" Filippidis, a Toronto firefighter, made contact with Sacramento area officers and was "alive and in good health", ending the almost six-day search for him at the Whiteface Mountain ski resort in Wilmington, New York, where he was last seen, the New York state police said in a release.

The multi-agency search included members of the U.S. Department of Environmental Conservation, New York state police, Homeland Security, U.S. border officials and volunteer Toronto firefighters.

"We don't know how he got there", said Sacramento police Sgt. Shaun Hampton.

Searchers continue to comb the slopes of Whiteface Mountain for a Toronto firefighter who disappeared February 7, some time between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.

"He wasn't able to give direct answers", Ramagnano said.

Filippidis still was wearing the same clothing he had on when he was reported missing last Wednesday, including the helmet and goggles he was last seen in when he was reported missing.

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Police say further details will be released later on. After the ski center closed at 4 p.m., his friends found a bag with his shoes in the lodge and his vehicle in the parking lot, but they couldn't find him. So, while Filippidis technically went missing in the Adirondack Mountains, it's more like he disappeared on a busy city street.

"The circumstances remain under investigation", Troop B Bureau of Criminal Investigation Capt. Robert LaFountain said. Ramagnano has said the last any of them saw of Filippidis was Wednesday afternoon at the busy ski resort when he told a friend he wanted to make one last run.

It did disrupt operations at Whiteface, Lundin said.

He was last seen making an afternoon run at a NY ski resort at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, N.Y., on February 7.

"I know that there were 80 on the mountain today searching for him and we had an equal number of firefighters willing to work shift for the firefighters that went", he said. Lundin said the response from the Toronto fire community has been tremendous. Skiers and snowboarders at Whiteface Mountain who may see anything out of the ordinary are asked to notify the mountain's ski patrol. Dozens of firefighter volunteers also flew in from Toronto.

"After speaking with him (Filippidis) it sounds as if he may have gotten a ride in a big rig - he was unable to provide us with a description of the big rid or a description of the driver of the big rig - but he was found with cash in his possession and a Visa card and a cell phone he had recently purchased", he said. "They're very supportive of what we're doing and very appreciative of all our efforts".

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