San Mateo Police Assisting Amtrak in Search for Missing Man

Former firefighter Charlie Dowd went missing during a cross-country train trip on Sept. 12. You can follow the search for him on a dedicated Facebook page and Twitter account.


The San Mateo Police announced Thursday it is joining Amtrak in the out-of-state search for missing San Mateo man Charles Dowd.

Charlie Dowd, a 69-year-old retired firefighter and resident of San Mateo, has been missing since boarding an Amtrak Train bound for Chicago on Sept. 12.

Updated information indicates that Dowd likely disappeared from the Amtrak Train on the route between Morgan, Colo. and McCook, Neb.

Amtrak Police are investigating the disappearance, and "continue to be the primary investigating entity in this case," said the San Mateo Police Department in a news release. San Mateo Police Department has been in regular contact with both the Dowd Family in San Mateo and Amtrak during the course of this investigation.

"The San Mateo Police Department has dedicated two experienced detectives in a support capacity to assist in the ongoing investigation," said SMPD public information officer, Sgt. David Norris.

The SMPD Detectives have traveled to Colorado to meet up with Amtrak Police. Their role will be to assist Amtrak with the massive undertaking of coordinating a search over hundreds of miles of railroad tracks to locate Charlie Dowd, Norris explained.

Charlie Dowd is a 69-year-old white male, approximately 5’10” and 175 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes.

The public can follow the progress of the search for Dowd on a Facebook page and Twitter account set up by the Dowd family. 



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Andrea Ramirez September 23, 2012 at 12:51 AM
It appears they found him, but it wasn't the outcome they hoped for. My condolences to the family. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Body-of-man-missing-from-train-is-found-3884940.php


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