Retired Firefighter Goes Missing From Amtrak Train
A retired firefighter has gone missing from an Amtrak train between San Francisco and Montreal, prompting his family and Amtrak police to search for him.
Charlie Dowd, 69, left the Bay Area for Montreal on Wednesday and was last heard from on Thursday night, when he called his son to say he was just outside of Denver, Colorado, reports CNN.
But when the train Dowd was riding arrived in Chicago on Friday, he was no longer aboard. Police found his luggage, cell phone, and medication in a sleeping car, but the man has been labeled missing.
Jennifer Dowd, the retired firefighter’s daughter, stated that her father is under a doctor’s care, and may be in need of medical attention. Dowd stated:
“He has medical needs and does need his medication for high blood pressure and heart disease. He is diabetic, but for medical reasons we obviously want him. We need to know where he is.”
One of the train’s conductors may have spoken with the missing man early on Friday near Omaha, Nebraska, which was one of the stops along its route. The family explained that Dowd was confused about his surroundings and believed he was in an apartment instead of a train. He was reportedly searching for the front door.
NBC News notes that the train Dowd was on made several stops overnight, including Fort Morgan, Colorado, as well as the Nebraska cities of McCook, Holdrege, Hasting, Lincoln, and Omaha. Charlie Dowd’s children have traveled to Omaha to begin their search for their dad, who is described as a white male with blue eyes and gray hair. Dowd is also 5 feet 10 inches tall, and weights about 175 pounds, according to his family.
For more information about the search for retired firefighter Charlie Dowd, check out his family’s Facebook page.