Friday, March 9, 2018

Missing Skier Reappears

For those of you interested in the work of David Paulides (author of Missing 411), I suggest reading Steve Hughes and Emily Masters' 2-22-18 Times Union article entitled "State Police Still Investigating Missing Skier's Story":

"Police in Sacramento found [Constantino] Filippidis still wearing the ski clothing he had on when he disappeared, including his helmet and goggles, the union president said. Filippidis was given medical attention and taken to a local hospital, where he later spoke with his two children on the phone, [Frank] Ramagnano said [...]

"His disappearance prompted a massive search of Whiteface Mountain with search-and-rescue crews poring over the mountain while other skiers passed by on the trails. Filippidis contacted local authorities from a Sacramento area airport Feb. 13, ending a massive six-day search, troopers said.
"The search included at least six government agencies, two ski patrols and several local volunteer groups. More than 135 people spent a combined 7,000 hours on the rugged mountain in varying winter weather conditions, officials have said. A helicopter and search dogs were also called in to assist.
"State officials have declined to estimate the cost.
"Before he resurfaced, Filippidis had been last seen at the Whiteface Mountain ski resort's mid-station about 2:30 p.m. Feb. 7. He was part of a group of Toronto firefighters making their annual ski trip. His colleagues reported him missing at 4:30 p.m. when he did not return from his last run of the day. Police found his car, passport and other identification cards at the resort, officials said.
Six days later, Filippidis called his wife, who was in Lake Placid meeting with the search party, Ramagnano said.
"'Apparently he was confused and he wasn't able to give direct answers,' Ramagnano said during a news conference in Toronto broadcast by CTV."
To read the entire article, click HERE.

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