September 17th, 2012
12:52 AM ET

Retired firefighter goes missing from Amtrak train

Amtrak police are searching for a retired San Francisco firefighter who went missing while traveling to visit family in Montreal.

Charlie Dowd, 69, left the Bay Area on Wednesday. He last spoke to his son by cell phone Thursday night, saying he was just outside of Denver, Colorado, his family said.

When Dowd's train arrived in Chicago on Friday, he was not on it. His luggage, cell phone, and wallet were found in his sleeping car, the family said on a Facebook page they set up to find him.

His daughter said Dowd is under a doctor's care and may need medical attention.

"He has medical needs and does need his medication for high blood pressure and heart disease," Jennifer Dowd told CNN affiliate KGO. "He is diabetic, but for medical reasons we obviously want him - we need to know where he is."

An Amtrak conductor may have spoken with Dowd early Friday near Omaha, Nebraska, one of the stops along the route, the family said.

Dowd was confused about his whereabouts and believed he was in an apartment, not on a train, and needed to find the front door, the family said.

Amtrak is investigating the possibility that Dowd got off the train during the night and may have gotten disoriented, and then didn't get back on, the family said.

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  1. Kenney

    Scarey hope all is well and they find him safe

    September 17, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    I’m dying from my vodka party, just the cats and I. Expect no comments from me today. I cannot muster the energy to continue defending the indefensible, and I’m ashamed I voted Obama.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Rascal Rabble

    ....why put daddy on a train if he gets disoriented so easily...maybe the station's camera surveillances can shed some light...

    September 17, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    sheesh again, not banasy @ 7:l9

    September 17, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    I hope he is found, but RR brings up a good question: why *was* he traveling alone?

    September 17, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |