California man reported missing from Amtrak train
The Associated PressAssociated Press
Posted: 09/16/2012 03:50:52 PM PDT
September 16, 2012 10:52 PM GMTUpdated: 09/16/2012 03:50:52 PM PDT
OMAHA, Neb.—Family members and Amtrak officials are looking for a retired California man who disappeared from a train somewhere between Denver and Chicago.
Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said Sunday that the railroad is searching for 69-year-old Charlie Dowd.
Dowd, who lives in San Mateo, Calif., boarded the Amtrak train on Wednesday in the San Francisco area. Dowd's son talked to him by cellphone on Thursday evening when the train was in the Denver area. That was the last time family members talked to Dowd.
Last edited by summer_breeze; 09-19-2012 at 09:09 AM.
I read in another article that conductors thought he seemed conused, thought he was in an apartment and couldn't find the exit. Wonder if he had a stroke?
Amtrak passenger missing
Monday, September 17, 2012
McCook Daily Gazette
OMAHA, Nebraska -- The Amtrak Police Department is investigating a missing passenger who disappeared somewhere between Denver, Colorado, and Chicago, Illinois, over the weekend. The man, 69-year-old Charlie Dowd of San Mateo, California, was aboard an Amtrak train bound for Montreal that made several overnight stops along the way, including McCook, Holdrege, Hastings, Lincoln and Omaha.
According to an AP report, Dowd's son spoke with him via cellphone on Thursday evening when the train was in the Denver area, the last time family members talked with him. Dowd's luggage, cellphone and medication arrived in Chicago without him on Friday. Family members have said they are worried he may become disoriented without his medication.Dowd is a retired firefighter who is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds.
Contra Costa Times
Published Tuesday, September 18, 2012
A Bay Area family is asking for the public's help in finding an at-risk 69-year-old San Mateo man who left the Bay Area on Amtrak Wednesday and was last seen by a train conductor in Nebraska.
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 11:44 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 11:44 a.m.
LINCOLN, Neb. — The family of a retired Bay Area firefighter who disappeared from an Amtrak train says it now appears that he may have fallen from the train somewhere in eastern Colorado or western Nebraska.
OMAHA (AP) — The family of a retired California man who disappeared from an Amtrak train somewhere between Denver and Chicago last week is searching for him in Nebraska.
It’s not clear where 69-year-old Charlie Dowd left the train, but family members are focusing their initial efforts in Omaha and Lincoln because of unconfirmed reports that an Amtrak conductor may have talked to the retired firefighter Friday when the train was in Omaha.
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Family members of a retired San Francisco firefighter who disappeared from an Amtrak train last week are continuing to search for him in towns along the tracks in Colorado and Nebraska.
September 13, 2012 00:00
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by Amtrak on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 12:16pm ·
Amtrak Police are in daily contact with the Dowd family and with other law enforcement agencies along the route of the California Zephyr (Train 6) that originated in Emeryville, Calif., on Sept. 12. Following the train’s arrival in Chicago on Sept. 14, when Charles Dowd, 69, could not be found aboard, Amtrak Police transmitted a missing person message via the National Crime Information Center operated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This notice asked agencies to be on the lookout for Mr. Dowd, along with a physical description. He was considered to be a missing/endangered person at that time.
Mr. Dowd was last seen by Amtrak train crew members and other passengers late on the evening of Sept. 13 between Fort Morgan, Colo., and McCook, Neb. The Yuma County, Colo., Sheriff’s Office recently completed an air and ground search of the train route and the immediate area in its jurisdiction. Other agencies also actively involved in this case are: San Mateo, Calif., Police, Washington County, Colo., Sheriff; Fort Morgan Police; Morgan County, Colo., Police Department; Nebraska State Police and BNSF Railway Police.
Amtrak stations and employees along the route were notified, along with the BNSF Railway Co. BNSF owns the railroad property used by Train 6 from Denver to Chicago and it was asked at that time to also inform BNSF train and maintenance crews to keep watch for Mr. Dowd.
Every lead in this case is being pursued by Amtrak Police with the support of other law enforcement agencies. Persons with information are encouraged to call the Amtrak Police National Communications Center at 800-331-0008. The Dowd family has a page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MissingPersonCharlieDowd and the National Missing Persons Data System has added this case to its database.
An updated flyer issued by the Amtrak Police is attached. The Dowd family also has a flyer available on their Facebook page.
I hope Mr. Dowd didn't suffer. This article says its believed he fell from the train.
Sending thoughts & love out to his family. Rest in peace, Mr. Dowd.
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