Officers found Filippidis wearing snow trousers, a ski jacket and winter boots, as well as carrying a ski helmet.
It's still not clear how a 49-year-old skier whose disappearance sparked a massive search on a snowy NY mountainside showed up a week later in California, confused and in ski clothes.
Toronto firefighter Constantinos "Danny" Filippidis, 49, disappeared on an annual trip with friends at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, N.Y., on February 7.
A man who went missing from a ski trip in NY state - and ended up in Northern California - has returned home.
"At this point, we want to assist Danny in getting back the last six days of his life", said New York State Police Maj.
Filippidis, still in his ski clothes, was found at a California airport six days after he was reported missing in NY.
"He had phoned (his wife) and called her by a nickname, she quickly recognized the voice and that it was him", Ramagnano told reporters. A few officers were sent to the airport to confirm if the man claiming to be Mr. Fillipidis was actually him, while at the airport the officers reasserted Constantinos identity and said he seemed confused and bewildered.
A Sacramento officer told the Post-Standard of Syracuse that Filippidis thought he'd suffered a head injury, rode in a truck and slept a lot.
Filippidis said he bought an iPhone to call his wife and told deputies that a truck dropped him off in downtown Sacramento, where he got a haircut, Hampton said.
His disappearance triggered a massive multi-agency search involving members of the U.S. Department of Environmental Conservation, New York state police, Homeland Security, U.S. border officials and volunteer Toronto firefighters, all of whom spent a combined 7,000 hours combing the rugged mountain terrain.
Police distributed a picture of Filippidis taken in California on Tuesday, hoping people who recognize him can help solve the mystery.
Before coming back to Toronto, however, authorities in NY said they want to speak to the firefighter to try and reconstruct events since his disappearance.