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AMTRAK: “Nothing to Suggest Criminal Intent” in Case of Man Critically Injured in Truckee

By Bob Conrad

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Amtrak today issued a new statement in the investigation of Aaron Salazar, who was found critically injured near Truckee, Calif. train tracks Tuesday.

“The Amtrak Police Department is conducting an ongoing investigation into this incident,” said Amtrak’s Jason Abrams. “At this time, there is nothing to suggest criminal intent. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Amtrak Police Department at 800-331-0008.”

Amtrak has not divulged any information about the case, and Abrams said it will do so only when the investigation is completed.

Answers Sought

Salazar’s family said Saturday that there is plenty to suggest possible foul play, including suspicious injuries and a text to his grandmother indicating he was going exploring with “a friend” during a layover in Truckee.

“I have a layover before getting on the next train,” he texted his grandmother. “I made a friend on the train and we’re going to go get some food and explore…”

Austin Sailas, Salazar’s cousin, said Aaron texted this about an hour before he was found critically injured. He has a broken pelvis, a black eye, brain damage, and a mysterious rash or burn.

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve.

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve, after reading ThisisReno’s report on Saturday, reached out to Salazar’s family.

“I’m very concerned,” she said. “There are more questions than answers at this point. I want this family to know we are a community that cares.”

Schieve said she’s reaching to officials and law enforcement in Truckee seeking more answers.

The family doesn’t know for sure where exactly Aaron’s body was found, other than it was allegedly on private property, Sailas said.

“They are holding his belongings and have not accessed his phone,” he added. “(Amtrak) said there were no cameras (on the train) or assigned seats.

“We have been asking and calling, and they have been withholding even the simplest (answers), like where his train stopped.”

Salazar’s sister is asking people to pray for Aaron. He remains in ICU at a local hospital.

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Ken Koeppe May 24, 2018 - 8:52 am

An examination of Amtrak schedules will show that there are only two trains a day, passing thru Truckee. One east bound in the
afternoon and a morning west bound train. There Is no reason for a “layover” in Truckee and no way to continue in either direction
24 hours. There are several bars directly across the street from the depot. More investigation needs to be done on this incident.

Bill Scott May 26, 2018 - 4:20 pm

The article was wrong about the layover detail. You are correct. There is no layover in Truckee. In fact, there are no layovers the rest of the way west to Emeryville CA, the endpoint of this train. However this passenger appears to have been going to Portland OR, and for this, a transfer wpuld be made in Sacramento. For him, there would have been a rather long layover there – so it was he that would have done the “laying over” not the train itself.

Bob Conrad
Bob Conrad May 26, 2018 - 4:59 pm

Hi Bill, you are correct. I’ve updated the stories to reflect that the layover was NOT in Truckee.

Diana May 24, 2018 - 8:34 am

Have they interviewed any of the other passengers on the train? Seems like someone might have observed something and that might provide answers. His phone might have answers also.

Dorine Shaner May 23, 2018 - 4:28 pm

Healing Prayers for this young man & his family. I’m not sure how I would be able to cope.

Yva Llamas May 23, 2018 - 12:28 pm

It seems as if Amtrak is more concerned with themselves than the young man who is in critical condition. I hope they can share what they know and offer some answers and support to the family, rather than more frustration.

Annette Warren May 23, 2018 - 12:34 am

Have any officials ask the question where the train stop first? Are they questioning all , establishments in the area? It’s not a very big area, question neighbors in the area.

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