A missing skier who was last seen on Whiteface Mountain in upstate New York was just found safe — in Sacramento, California.
If you’re thinking, “What? How is that possible?” then join the club.
Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis, a 49-year-old Toronto firefighter, went on a ski trip with firefighter friends when he disappeared. He was last seen at 2:30 p.m. on February 7, 2018.
When Danny didn’t return after his last run of the day, his friends reported him missing. His car, identification cards, and passport were all still at the resort.
Search teams immediately started scouring the mountain for Danny — they even called in helicopters and search dogs to help. According to the Times Union, “The search included at least six 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.”
Six days after he went missing, Danny made contact with his wife. He called her on the phone, but sounded confused. She convinced him to call 911.
The missing skier was then found by police at the Sacramento International Airport, still wearing the clothes he’d gone skiing in. Danny claimed he didn’t fly, but still didn’t know exactly how he’d gotten to California.
Police brought Danny to a local hospital to get checked out, and he later called his two children.
So how did the skier end up almost 3,000 miles away from where he went skiing? Nobody’s entirely sure. Police are continuing to investigate, according to WWNYTV 7 News.
To find out more about Danny’s mysterious cross-country trip, watch the video below.
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Photos: CBS Sacramento
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