AMTRAK looking for elderly passenger

Charles J. Dowd

AMTRAK officials are asking for the public's help in locating an elderly man who has been missing since Thursday, Sept. 13.

Charles J. Dowd, 69, was traveling from California to Chicago on AMTRAK Train 6.

He was last heard from on Thursday around 6:30 p.m. when he indicated he was still on the train and leaving Denver Colorado.

When the train arrived in Chicago, his personal effects were found in his sleeper car, but Dowd was no where to be seen.

His family is concerned that he has become disorientated and may need medical attention

Ottumwa Police Lt. Tom McAndrews says O.P.D. has no reason to believe Dowd got off the train in Ottumwa, but it may be possible he did so.

If you have infomation on Dowd's whereabouts, please contact authorities or family at the numbers below.


Charles J. Dowd

DOB -3-11-1944

Age: 69

Sex: Male

Eyes: Blue

Hair: Gray

Height: 5â??10â??

Weight: 175

Missing from Amtrak Train 6 from Emeryville, CA to Chicago, IL. He was last heard from on Thursday, September 13th at 6:30pm MST when he indicated he was on the train leaving Denver, CO. On Friday, September 14, 2012 when the train arrived in Chicago, IL Amtrak officials found his luggage, cell phone & medication in this sleeper car but there was no sign of Charlie. His family is concerned because he is potentially disoriented and may need medical attention.

Police are still confirming the possibility that Charlie may have also spoken with Amtrak conductors on two separate occasions: late Thursday evening and Friday early morning near Omaha, Nebraska. Sources say that when he spoke to the conductor on early Friday morning that Charlie was confused about his whereabouts and believed he was in an apartment, not on a train, and needed to find the front door. His family is concerned about his health and state of mind. It is urgent that Charles be located as soon as possible as he is under the care of a physician, and his medication was left on the train.

If you have seen Charles Dowd please contact Amtrak Police at (800) 331-0008 CASE# 12-010695 call his family (650) 766-6470 or (650)766-6570