Missing Kansas Father Spent Last Hours Writing Letters to Wife & Kids

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car accidentA Kansas father missing for a month and a half has been found. David Welch didn't just strike out and leave his family. The 54-year-old dad was in a car accident that left him pinned in the car, trapped in a ravine. And while his family was searching for him, desperate to bring Dad home, it turns out the missing dad was spending his final hours writing letters to his family.

Sobbing yet? He died slowly and alone, but he spent those last hours doing something incredible.

Cops didn't know what to make of it when Welch went missing back on September 2. He hadn't told his family he was going anywhere special. They filed a missing persons report, and then ... nothing. He hadn't told the family where he was going, but cops had no reason to believe he was in any danger at the time.

Now cops say they think Welch's Pontiac van veered off the highway in Utah -- some 900 miles from home -- on September 3. At the time Welch was alive, but the car was stuck at the bottom of a ravine that could not be seen by highway traffic. It wasn't discovered until October 18, when a hitchhiker wandered in that ravine and found the car, David, and the letters he'd been writing to his wife of 32 years and four sons.

It's hard to think about dying. It's harder still to think about dying under such tragic circumstances.

But now I'm wondering: what would I do? If I had only a short amount of time left to live? If I knew it was coming?

Would I sit there, hoping someone would find me, saving my energy? Or write letters to my husband and daughter?

It's a sad question, sure, and I'm married to a man who hates when I ponder these "what if" type of questions. But your answer offers a fascinating analysis of who we are as people, what makes us tick.

So I'll put it to you: what would YOU do if you knew you were dying and no one would find you?

 

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youth... youthfulsoul

Seems odd that you were going no where special but are 900 miles from home. Is that correct?


it was a nice thing he did for his family though.

Susan K. Scheidt

I'd like to think that I would have the courage and where withall to do the same, and leave my family with loving caring thoughts as my last "words" to them.

Roe DiCaro

@vintajewife the article u read was not written by this author.. its by a jimmy something ...

Ryans... RyansMa11

I think initially I would cry and my heart would break knowing that I would miss out on my son's entire life. But, I would write him a letter or letters, telling him how much I love him and leavign my advice on things I think could happen in his life that might help him get through! I would pray to have enough time to get it all out, but as long as I could express to him how deeply I love him and how much he means to me and that he (esentially) saved my life, then I think I could die with some comfort. I also, have a tendency to carry my camera with me, almost everywhere, so I would want to record a video for him, so he could hear my voice and see my face as I tell him how much I love him. (Ok! After thinking about this I am crying, so I will be kissing him a few times tonight, even though he is sleeping.)

Juanita Chavez

I WOULD WRITE TO MY FAMILY KNOWING I MIGHT NOT MAKE IT . I WOULD WANT THEM TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED AND TO KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE THEM ALL. TO LET THEM KNOW I WILL LIVE ON THRU EACH ONE OF THEM TO GO ON BE HAPPY.

Darkk... DarkkStarr

Probably the same thing David did.......

Paul Stoltenberg

Sorry folks, but ever since Obama got in office I "know there is always more than we are told". I question everything now! Why 900 mi. from home and nobody knew where he went? Sad story but, as usual, we will only get a piece of the truth. RIP

Karen Talbott

I would write letters of love and encouragement to my family. Just as this father and husband did, I would write each one a letter or two expressing my hopes and dreams for them. I would tell them what I had learned on the road of life, and share the knowledge of things that would help them as they went along in life. As for my husband, who is my best friend, I would leave letters expressing my feelings for him, how he taught me so many things that I never thought I could learn. By the time I finished the letters, I'd probable be done for...why 900 miles away from his family? Business or pleasure? Anyone know? Bizarre!

Jonathan L Clark Jr.

He got into making meth after being diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer and had to leave them so the Mexican cartel would not kille them.


 

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