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Surveillance video gives family of missing man hope


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SALT LAKE CITY — The family of a man who went missing en route to Colorado from California believe they may have evidence he is still in Salt Lake.

New surveillance video taken at Mo's Neighborhood Grill on West Temple in Salt Lake less than a week ago shows a man who matches Robin Putnam's description buying a beer with an unidentified woman.

Putnam, 25, was traveling by Amtrak from Oakland Calif. to Grand Junction, Colo. in July. His belongings made it to Colorado, but family members believed he only made it as far as Salt Lake City. They also believe he may be suffering from psychological trauma.

"We just found out a few days before he got on the train that he had a psychotic break and so from there, we don't know and that explains to us why he's missing," his father, Doug Putnam said.

They have been looking for him for nearly two months, which the family describes as two months of torture.

"It's excruciating, I mean, it's hell," said mother Cindy Putnam. "There's no other word to describe it."

"I feel like I've been waiting to wake up from a nightmare and it's not happening yet," Doug Putnam said.

They have been driving from Colorado to Utah to search for him with no results.

"Every day, all day long, all we do is worry and wonder, what happened, where is Robin? Why is it so hard to find him?" Cindy Putnam said.

Anyone with information about Robin Putnam is asked to call Salt Lake City Police.

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