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A missing Kansas man spent his final days trapped in the wreckage of his van in a rural Utah ravine, writing goodbye letters to the family he abruptly left in early September.

David Welch, 54, was found Oct. 18 by a hitchhiker who spotted the crash in a desolate stretch of eastern Utah, Utah Highway Patrol trooper Gary Riches said.

Police believe Welch, a retired salesman for Frito-Lay, fell asleep at the wheel of his 2000 Pontiac Montana on Interstate 70 about Sept. 3, a day after he disappeared from his home in Manhattan, Kansas His minivan sped off the road and went airborne, smashing into the side of the ravine. It came to rest upside down on the passenger side, Riches said.

Evidence suggests Welch was injured and unable to get out of the van, Riches said. The medical examiner has not yet determined his cause of death. Even if he had been able to get out, the nearest city, Green River, was about 50 miles west.

Police believe he survived for days, maybe weeks, keeping a journal and writing notes to his wife and four sons.

Thousands of cars sped by on the nearby interstate without a clue

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Ah, that is sad and sweet all at the same time. 

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Sounds like he planned it all out.

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I wonder if he ever regretted leaving.

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No doubt he did as being trapped in a van for weeks doesn't sound fun.

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"upside down on the passengers side"?

 

If the passenger side is upside down, isn't the drivers side also upside down?

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I wonder if his family got any closure from the letters? I hope so...

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