A Manhattan man missing for seven weeks was found dead in Utah Friday after a hitchhiker spotted his car at the bottom of a ravine, police said.
Utah Highway Patrol contacted Riley County police on Friday, saying that the man, David Welch, 54, had been discovered near I-70, 47 miles west of Green River, Utah, after what was apparently a single-vehicle crash. He was found in the maroon Pontiac Montana minivan he was last seen driving.
Welch reportedly left his home on Sept. 2 without telling friends or family members where he was going. A missing persons report was filed with officials Sept. 6. Police said evidence at the accident scene indicates the wreck happened on Sept. 3.
The man’s wife, Kelly Welch, a family studies and human sciences professor at K-State, had sent out numerous pleas for help on Twitter and Facebook and wrote frequently about the search for her husband.
On Friday, she wrote on Facebook, “Trusting God’s word that we are never given more than we can handle. Although I think you could break me in two with a feather right now. This anguish, helplessness, hopelessness, and agony are indescribable, I can’t wrap my mind around all of this.”
Utah Highway Patrol officials are still investigating the cause of the crash.