A three-year missing persons case of a then 25 yr-old
Rico man has been solved with the findings of his remains in Elko County, Nevada. Robin
Andrew Putnam has been confirmed dead based on dental records.
Putnam was traveling on July 7th, 2012 on an Amtrak train from Emeryville, California to
Grand Junction, Colorado where his parents, Doug and Cindy of Rico, CO were waiting to
pick him up upon arrival on the morning of July 8th. When the train made a scheduled stop
in Salt Lake City, Utah at 3:00am, Putnam got off the train, leaving his laptop and other
belongings, but he never returned to the train and was never to be seen or heard from
The Salt Lake City Police Department, Amtrak Police and the Putnam family initiated a
massive search with no results.
The Putnams continued their exhaustive search using social media and were featured on a
Discovery Channel television program, “Last Seen Alive,” which included details of the
Putnams five-day search for their son in New York City.
Robin Putnam’s search was assisted by many other agencies in several states. San Miguel
County Sheriff’s Deputies and Dolores County Sheriff Jerry Martin continued their
extensive investigation and remained in contact with the family.
A national “Missing Person’s” case was initiated with “NamUs” (National Missing and
Unidentified Persons Search), which stored Putnam’s DNA, dental records, photos and case
information on file.
On the morning of Tuesday, August 25th, 2015, Union Pacific Railroad employees were
working on the train tracks when they noticed human remains close to the westbound
tracks about 15 miles south of the Town of Wells by the Tobar Ghost Town in the Nevada
desert. Wells is approximately 181 miles from Salt Lake City.