Charles J. Dowd, Retired S.F. Firefighter, Disappears After Boarding Amtrak Train

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Charlie Dowd
Authorities are looking for Charles J. Dowd, a San Mateo resident and former San Francisco firefighter, who mysteriously vanished after he boarded an Amtrak train in the East Bay earlier this week.

Dowd, 69, boarded a train in Emeryville on Wednesday morning with plans to change trains in Chicago on his way to Montreal to visit his son and grandchildren.

However, when the train arrived to Chicago, Dowd was not on it. Amtrak staff did find his luggage and cell phone in his sleeper car.
His family last heard from him on Thursday when he spoke with his son on the phone; however, Dowd reportedly spoke to a conductor, who described him as disoriented, around 5:15 a.m. Friday in Omaha, Neb. But that was the last time anyone reported seeing him.

According to the family's Facebook page, "Amtrak seems to think he may have gotten off the train during the night at one of the stops and perhaps was confused and didn't make it back on the train."

The train stopped overnight along the corridor in Fort Morgan, Colo.; McCook, Neb.; Holdrege, Neb.; Hasting, Neb.; Lincoln, Neb.; and Omaha, Neb.

Dowd has been taking medication for restless leg syndrome, which had been making him somewhat confused. His family is headed to Nebraska to look for him and hand out flyers.

Dowd is 5-feet-10, 175 pounds, with gray hair and blue eyes. Police ask anyone with information to call (800) 331-0008.

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Sorry to report there has been sad news in this case. From the family's Facebook page:  "The Dowd family is saddened to share the news that the body of Charlie Dowd was found Friday, September 21 in Haigler, NE, an area between Fort Morgan, CO and McCook, NE. The body was spotted by a BNSF railway worker and immediately reported to the authorities.While the family is devastated, they would like to express their gratitude for the many prayers, support, and messages posted to the Charlie Dowd Facebook page, and for the efforts of the many volunteers who have helped search for him this past week. More details are coming soon. Thank you again on behalf of the family for the support of the many agencies, groups, and individuals who have helped the Dowd family during this time. They also ask to refrain from contacting them directly at this time to give them space to grieve and share the news with other family members."

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