A missing Kansas man who spent his last days in a car crash site decided to pen some final letters to his loved ones, knowing he was going to die and wanting to leave something behind. Fox News reports this Wednesday, Oct. 30, that the man was unable to escape the wreckage after his van flipped over on a Utah road into an abandoned ravine, and so wrote to the family he’d left this Sept. 2013.
The missing Kansas man was David Welch, age 54, who was found this Oct. 18 by a wandering hitchhiker who spotted the car wreckage, confirmed a highway patrol trooper. Officers believe that Welch may have fallen asleep while driving on Interstate 70 in early Sept., only a single day after vanishing from his home in Kansas. It is believed that his minivan swerved off the road, crash landing into the ravine below, with the vehicle flipped upside down on the passenger’s side.
Although no cause of death has yet been made in the missing Kansas man’s case, it is believed possible dehydration may have been the culprit. So far, early reports reveal that Welch was seriously injured in the crash, and couldn’t leave the van. Even if he had escaped, the closest city (Green River) was over 50 miles west, leaving him truly in the middle of nowhere.
Yet what is making Welch’s story hit headlines is the love letters found in his car upon the discovery of the crash site. It seems the Kansas man decided to spend his last hours and final days writing to his family, penning notes to his loved ones — his wife and four sons.
Although patrolmen believe he may have survived for days, none of the cars speeding by on the interstate highway saw his wrecked vehicle in the ravine. Due to its desolate location and the vantage point of the highway, it was almost impossible to see. During that time, Welch kept a journal, writing notes to his family.
Welch’s wife, Kelly, took to Twitter to say this about the missing Kansas man, her late husband:
“Dave was entrapped in the vehicle down the 50-foot ravine, he wrote each of us a love note,” she tweeted the day police found Welch. “He knew he was dying and there was no way out.”
His discovery ended a weeks-long search; the reason for Welch suddenly leaving his family with no explanation has yet to be determined.