Eugene Arteta said Thursday that he and his 63-year-old wife, Barbara, were traveling overnight on the Auto Train from Virginia to Sanford, Fla. when she disappeared with her purse and $1,000. She suffers from Parkinson's disease.
Amtrak spokeswoman Steve Kulm said a missing person's report was filed when the train reached Florida on Thursday. Later that day, Arteta's body was found near the rail line in Jesup, Ga.
Kulm said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and Amtrak police are investigating.
Family members said they were told by Amtrak employees that an emergency window had been opened during the night.