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Trapped Manhattan Man Wrote To Family

Associated Press - October 29, 2013 8:39 pm

This Oct. 18, 2013, photo released by the Utah Highway Patrol shows a vehicle in a ravine where David Welch was found on Oct. 18, 2013 in eastern Utah. (AP Photo/Utah Highway Patrol)

This Oct. 18, 2013, photo released by the Utah Highway Patrol shows a vehicle in a ravine where David Welch was found on Oct. 18, 2013 in eastern Utah. (AP Photo/Utah Highway Patrol)

A missing Kansas man spent his final days trapped in the wreckage of his van in a rural Utah ravine and wrote goodbye letters to the family he unexpectedly left in early September.

Utah Highway Patrol trooper Gary Riches says 54-year-old David Welch was found on Oct. 18 by a hitchhiker who spotted the crash in a desolate stretch of eastern Utah more than 50 miles from any town.

They believe Welch, a sales representative for Frito-Lay, fell asleep at the wheel of his minivan on Interstate 70 around Sept. 3, a day after he went missing from his home in Manhattan, Kan.

Riches says Welch was injured in the crash and unable to get out of the van. They believe he survived for days, maybe weeks, keeping a journal and writing notes to his wife and four sons.

Tiffany Lovell

October 30, 2013 at 6:10 am

This is such a sad story. My heart goes out to his family. I don’t understand why no one saw the van.

Fuchs Mi

October 30, 2013 at 7:48 am

What is the story? He took off without saying anything to his family. I would not call abandoning ones family sad.

Fred Hanson

October 30, 2013 at 8:20 am

My understanding which we will never know is that there were very serious family problems and he just left to get away from those problems. Aperson just does not get in their car one day not saying anything to anyone or at least leaving a note and take off across country. Maybe printing what he wrote would clear up some facts about this whole situation.

Michele Rogers Wolfe

October 30, 2013 at 9:18 am

Facts are as stated….this man was found days after his departure in an accident. Perhaps it’s not the publics business what his intimate final words to his family were during his last few days. May peace find its way through his family during their time of closure.

Fuchs Mi

October 30, 2013 at 4:14 pm

There is alot more going on with this family then is being reported. Once again one just does not walk out the door one day and head to Utah without telling no one.

Redden Neck

October 31, 2013 at 8:39 am

Yes there is so why keep putting this story on here unless we can get all the details.

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