UPDATE: Monday, October 21, 2013
The wife of a missing Manhattan man found dead in Utah says her husband wrote notes to people as he was dying in a ravine.
David Welch was found dead in a van at the bottom of a ravine in Utah Friday. Welch was reported missing by his family in Manhattan, Kansas on September 3.
In a Twitter message posted over the weekend, Welch's wife, Kelly, said:
"Dave was entrapped in the vehicle down the 80 foot ravine, he wrote each of us a love note. He knew he was dying and there was no way out."
Kelly Welch also posted messages of thanks to the community supporting her family.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Police in northeast Kansas say a missing Manhattan man has been found dead in his van off Interstate 70 in Utah, the apparent victim of a one-vehicle accident.
The family of 54-year-old David Welch reported him missing Sept. 3, one day after he drove away from his home without saying where he was going.
The Riley County Police Department says it was notified by the Utah Highway Patrol that a hitchhiker found Welch's van and his body Friday at the bottom of a ravine along I-70. The site is about 47 miles west of Green River, Utah, and 770 miles west of Manhattan, which is also located near the interstate.
Authorities say evidence indicates the accident occurred Sept. 3, but the van couldn't be seen from the highway.