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Retired San Francisco firefighter missing from Amtrak train

Courtesy of the Dowd family

Charles Dowd, 69, a retired San Francisco firefighter went missing en route to visit his son and family in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

A retired San Francisco firefighter was reported missing after he disappeared from an Amtrak train headed to Chicago.

Charles J. Dowd was traveling on a train from Emeryville, Calif., but when the train arrived in Chicago on Sept. 14, Amtrak officials found his luggage, cell phone and medication, but Dowd was not on the train, according to family members. His eventual destination was a visit with family in Montreal.

Family members say they are concerned because Dowd, 69, is potentially disoriented and needs his medication.

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"He has medical needs and does need his medication for high blood pressure and heart disease," daughter Jennifer Dowd told CNN affiliate KGO. "He is diabetic, but for medical reasons we obviously want him. We need to know where he is."

Dowd was last heard from by cell phone on Sept. 13, and was allegedly last seen by a train conductor near Omaha, Neb.

The conductor said a person who fits Dowd's description appeared disoriented and confused about his whereabouts, thinking he was in an apartment rather than on a train and that he needed to find the front door. Police have yet to confirm the man the conductor saw was actually Dowd.

According to CNN, the train made several overnight stops: in Fort Morgan, Colo., and in the Nebraska cities of McCook, Holdrege, Hasting, Lincoln and Omaha.

Dowd is described as a white male with blue eyes and gray hair. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 175 pounds. His family set up a Facebook page to help find him.

Dowd's children are traveling to Omaha Monday and plan to go to the Amtrak station at 3 p.m. CT to pass out flyers and search the area.

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