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.
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, 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.
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor, and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011, where he completed a dissertation on social media, journalism and crisis communications. In addition to managing This Is Reno, he holds a part-time appointment for the Mineral County University of Nevada Extension office.