Missing father wrote heartbreaking love letters to his family as he died
David Welch of Manhattan, Kansas got in his minivan and took off without telling anyone where he was going in early September. On September 2, his family reported the 54-year-old husband, father, and grandfather missing to the police. No one had any idea where he had gone or why. Days and weeks went by with no news even after he was placed on the national missing persons database. His family set up a Facebook page asking for help in finding him, but nothing. Then on October 18, the wreckage of his 2000 Pontiac Montana was spotted over 800 miles away in Utah by a hitchhiker.
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Police think that Welch fell asleep at the wheel on September 3, the day after he disappeared from his home, and his vehicle went off the road and ended upside down in a ravine. The vehicle could not be seen by passing motorists.
It is believed that he was injured and trapped inside his vehicle for days maybe even weeks before he died. He spent the time writing in a journal and writing letters to his wife and four sons.
This breaks my heart. Of course, police would not reveal what was in the writings as they are of a very personal nature, but Welch's wife Kelly tweeted the day he was found, "Dave was entrapped in the vehicle down the 50-foot ravine, he wrote each of us a love note. He knew he was dying and there was no way out."
If my heart can break at the thought of a man I never knew going through this, I can't even begin to imagine what his loved ones are going through. I am so sorry for their loss.
I find it beautiful that this man wrote his family love letters during his final moments. Heartbreakingly beautiful.
Image via Utah Highway Patrol