A missing Kansas man found the strength to write his family goodbye letters as he was dying in his wrecked vehicle. David Welch, 54, was trapped in his mangled van that veered into a ravine, undiscovered for seven weeks. It's unknown how long he was alive in the ravine, but he spent his final days penning letters to his wife of 32 years and four sons, CNN reports Oct. 30.
A hitchhiker found Welch's vehicle on an isolated road in Utah that was hundreds of miles from his home in Manhattan, Kansas. His family reported him missing when he didn't return home around Sept. 2. He was trapped and injured in his vehicle and sadly realized no one was going to find him on the lonely patch of road.
The content of the letters written by the missing Kansas man hasn't been revealed.
Authorities said Welch likely fell asleep while driving when his car swerved off Interstate 70 and crashed into a deep ravine. He may have been alive for days, maybe weeks. It's unclear why he was on the road so far away from home.
The missing Kansas man was a retired Pepsi Co. representative.