Authorities have tenatively identified a body found near Haigler Nebraska as Charile Dowd. Dowd is believed to have fallen from an Amtrak train sometime after leaving Denver.
According to Amtrak Police Department Spokesperson Danielle Hunter, Amtrak Police is working with the Dundy County Coroner to confirm the identity a male adult tentatively identified as Charles Dowd, 69.
The discovery was made late Friday morning along the BNSF Railway tracks about seven miles from Nebraska-Colorado border. Amtrak Police informed the Dowd family of this development and met them at the scene, along with San Mateo California Detectives and local authorities.
Mr. Dowd was a passenger on a train that left Emeryville, California on September 12th and Amtrak Police issued a missing person bulletin to police agencies on September 14th, when the train arrived in Chicago and a search of the train found he was not aboard at the destination and important personal items were left behind.
Hunter added Amtrak employees are saddened by this development and the case remains an active investigation by the Amtrak Police and other agencies. Persons with information are encouraged to call the Amtrak Police National Communications Center at 800-331-0008.
According to a family friend, the Dowd family is saddened to share the news that the body of Charlie Dowd was found Friday, September 21st 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.
The Dowd family also wants to thank the many agencies, groups and individuals for their support.