The missing Kansas man who died trapped in the wreckage of his mangled minivan at the bottom of a 50-foot ravine spent his final days saying goodbye in hand-written notes to his wife and four sons. “He wrote each of us a love note. He knew he was dying and there was no way out," tweeted the missing Kansas man’s wife according an Oct. 30, 2013, Los Angeles Times report.
While the missing Kansas man’s last loving words to his wife of 31 years and four adult sons have not been made public by his family or officials, because the hand-written final notes were too personal, the words written to him by his family were posted on his “Find Dave Welch” Facebook page on Oct. 17, just one day before he was found.
“Dear Dave, it has been 7 weeks since you left. Your wife, children and grandchildren miss you more than the sky is high. Your classmates and friends are concerned for your health and want to help. As we sit at home tonight with tears welling up; Our hearts aching, we wonder where you are. We only pray that you see this message and ask God to bring you home soon. We love you!”
David Welch, the 54-year-old missing Kansas man, drove away from his Kansas home on Sept. 2 without telling anyone where he was going. After his family had not heard from him in a few days, they reported him missing.
On Oct. 18, one day after the missing Kansas man’s family had publicly appealed and asked “God to bring you home soon,” a hitchhiker spotted David Welch’s car from Interstate 70, about 900 miles away from his home.
After the hitchhiker reported the wreckage, the Utah Highway Patrol found the missing Kansas man’s body trapped in his 2000 Pontiac Montana. According to Highway Patrol Cpl. Todd Johnson, David Welch’s minivan went off the right shoulder of I-70 around Sept. 3.
“The injured Welch couldn’t get out of the car. It went airborne across the ravine, impacted on the other side and rolled onto its passenger side. Tire marks show no indication of skidding, Johnson said, meaning Welch didn't try to correct the direction of the car. ‘He might have fallen asleep at the wheel or been distracted’,” said Highway Patrol Cpl. Todd Johnson .
While the investigation into the missing Kansas man’s accident is ongoing, evidence suggests that David Welch was injured and trapped in the wreckage of the minivan for an extended period of time. “They believe Welch survived for days, maybe weeks, keeping a journal and writing notes to family in Kansas.”