LINCOLN, Neb. -- The family of a retired firefighter from San Mateo 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.
Charlie Dowd's family members had been organizing searches in Omaha and Lincoln for the 69-year-old man because they believed he may have mistakenly gotten off the train at one of those stops.
But Jen Dowd said Tuesday Amtrak police told the family a passenger on the California-to-Chicago train saw Dowd standing near a train door Thursday night. Another passenger later found an exterior door ajar around 11 p.m. Thursday.
Jen Dowd says the search for her father will now focus on the 160 miles of track between Fort Morgan, Colo., and McCook, Neb.
Charlie Dowd boarded the Amtrak train on Wednesday in the San Francisco area. His luggage arrived in Chicago on Friday, but he wasn't on the train.
The last time family members talked to him was Thursday evening when the train was in the Denver area. Dowd was traveling to visit family in Montreal, Canada.
Jen Dowd said she is frustrated that Amtrak officials and police don't seem to be doing more to search for her father.
"Amtrak police don't seem to be physically looking for him anywhere," Jen Dowd said.
Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said the railroad's police department is conducting an active search for Charlie Dowd, and Amtrak officials are working with
Dowd is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds. He has blue eyes and gray hair. Relatives said his health is a concern and he may have been disoriented when he got off the train because he has been without his medication since leaving the train.
Jen Dowd said that if her family's efforts in Omaha and Lincoln fail to produce any new information, they plan to move east later this week and trace the train's route to Chicago.
Anyone with information about Charlie Dowd's whereabouts is asked to call Amtrak police at (800) 331-0008.
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