A missing Kansas man’s body was found in his vehicle down a ravine after he’d been reported missing for months. David Welch was trapped in his Pontiac Montana van alive for weeks, maybe even a month and he spent his final hours penning love letters to his wife and kids, according to CNN via Yahoo on Oct. 30.
Welch left his home in Kansas and never returned. After four days missing, his family filed a missing persons report. Seven weeks later, a hitchhiker walking along a stretch of road in Utah, spotted the van on its roof, way down in a ravine. Inside was the body of Welch.
Police speculate he lived for days or weeks, maybe even a month after the car went down the ravine in an isolated area of Utah. Letters addressed to his wife of 32-years and his four sons were found with the body in the van.
The lack of skid marks on the road suggest that Welch simply fell asleep at the wheel and went off the road, landing in what would become his death bed. The entire time Welch, 54, was alive in the van, he scribbled notes to his family. These notes are private and were handed over to the family, authorities said they would not release the contents of Welch’s love letters to his family.
The family searched for Welch for months, who left no indication as to where he was going. A retired Pepsi Co. representative, it appears that Welch just hit the road and kept going.
The only thing the authorities would say about Welch’s last hours were that nights became days, then weeks and then possibly over a month the man remained alive in that van. His ordeal started from his home in Manhattan, Kansas on Sept. 4 and ended hundreds of miles away in a rural area of Utah seven weeks later.