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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 his family.
54-year-old David Welch was found by a hitchhiker who spotted the crash in a desolate stretch of eastern Utah.
Police believe Welch 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, Kan. 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.
Evidence suggests Welch was injured and unable to get out of the van. 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 — the man's van couldn't be seen from the highway.