Mystery continues for missing skier found 3,000+ miles away

February 14, 2018 05:41 PM

There are still many unanswered questions in this bizarre story. We do know his mode of transportation. Filippidis apparently told police in California he hitched a ride with a tractor trailer.

According to authorities in Sacramento, California, Filippidis hit his head and had some sort of head trauma before hopping on the big rig. They said he slept most of the way to California. He said he didn't know what day it was when he was found on Tuesday near the Sacramento airport. Filippidis somehow remembered his wife's phone number and called her.

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Filippidis, a married father of two and a firefighter from Toronto, Canada, had been missing since last week after going skiing with some friends on Whiteface Mountain. Frank Ramagnano, the Toronto Professional Firefighters Association President said Filippidis' family is thankful he was found alive.

"Obviously the family's got a lot of emotions. Everybody's really pleased that he's alive and well. They want to make sure he stays safe. They're doing everything they can. I think they're going to go out to go get him," Ramagnano said.

New York State Police are investigating. They're not confirming Filippidis' story about how he wound up in California.

"He's telling us he doesn't have a clear picture of what happened. I have no reason not to believe him," said New York State Police Major John Tibbitts.

They were planning to interview Filippidis on Wednesday to find out more.

Meanwhile, Newschannel 13 spoke to Sunnyview Dr. Vincent Somaio. He said in general terms that it's highly unlikely for anyone to be so disoriented and have memory issues without other symptoms like headaches, visual and communication problems.


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