Robin Putnam, 25, from Colorado who has been missing since July 2012 when he was last seen on an Amtrack train in Salt Lake City has been found after police have determined the skeletal remains found in Nevada belong to Robin.
Robin’s mother, Cindy posted on his Facebook page on Saturday;
“It is with a broken heart that I need to let you all know that the authorities have informed us that Robin’s remains have been found in a remote area of eastern Nevada. I would appreciate that no one speculates about what happened, as there is no known cause or manner of death at this time. I will post more details when we know more. Thank you all for your love and support!”
Putnam’s parents, who live in Telluride, Colorado, reported their son missing after he failed to return home, reports KSL news.
The Elko County Sheriff’s Dept. stated a railroad worker doing maintenance found a skull about 15 miles from Wells, Nevada, reported the Denver Post. Deputies came to the scene and located Putnam’s body next to the tracks and his debit card nearby.
In June, 2015 a photo of a young man playing a guitar was posted on Robin’s Facebook page. The photo was taken in Salinas, Calif. and it looked similar to Robin, but it was never confirmed it was actually him. The photo also looked similar to Shawn Dickerson missing from San Francisco, but when the Missing Persons of America website contacted Shawn’s mother, she stated it was not him.
Robin was an animation major at CA College of the Arts and his mother proudly displayed his amazing work on Robin’s Facebook page. Although some media reported that Robin had mental health issues, it was posted on his page this morning by Doug or Cindy, the following:
“Thanks so much, everyone, for your support from the beginning! Robin did NOT have serious mental health problems. We know so much more now after talking to an older gentleman, who spoke with Robin at length on the train at least 3 times. He described Robin as “a bright, well-spoken, classy, young gentleman, who looked well-groomed and like he was coming home from Princeton University.” When Doug asked him if he seemed disoriented or as if something were wrong, he said, “not disoriented or confused at all, but seemed a little nervous and anxious.” Robin shared his sketchbook drawings with him and his grandson, and he told them that he was writing a script for an animated film. There is an investigation in process, and I will post on his page as we know more. We KNEW all along that Robin would NEVER disconnect from us and not let us know that we was okay. Thanks again!”