UPDATE: David Welch, the missing man from Manhattan, has been found dead in a ravine in Utah.
Riley County Police Department was contacted by the Utah Highway Patrol on October 18th in reference to a single-car fatality accident on Highway 70, approximately 47 miles west of Green River, Utah. Utah Highway Patrol was able to positively identify the victim as Welch.
Evidence found on the scene indicate the accident happened on September 3rd but wasn’t located because the vehicle was at the bottom of a ravine that could not be seen by highway traffic. A hitchhiker reportedly discovered the accident early Friday, Oct. 18th, while walking on the highway.
Utah Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident at this time.
By Kelly Hurla
On October 1, 2013, regarding the investigation into missing person, David Welch, the Riley County Police Department conducted a search of areas both in and outside of their jurisdiction.
Twenty law enforcement personnel, including several members of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks spent yesterday conducting searches of areas that would be accessible to Welch.
These searches did not turn up any evidence that would suggest the location of Welch.
At this time there is no information leading investigators to believe that he may be the victim of foul play.
“But he is a person that is considered missing and we’d like to know more about where he’s at,” said officer Droge with the Riley County Police Department.
Those with information about or know the whereabouts of David Welch are encouraged to contact the Riley County Police Department (785-537-2112) or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers (785-539-7777).
Members of the public choosing to utilize the Crime Stoppers service can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00.
“It’s just an odd occurrence that we’d like to find a successful conclusion to,” said Droge.