On September 2, 2013 at approximately 8:30 PM, David Welch, 54, of Manhattan, Kansas left his home in a maroon Pontiac Montana van with Kansas license plates without expressing where he was going to friends and family. Riley County Police were contacted and when made aware, checked areas around Manhattan for Welch but were unsuccessful in locating him. At the time of the initial call to police, there was no reason to believe that he was in danger.
On September 3, 2013, police were contacted by Welch's family and informed that he had not returned home. At this time officers confirmed that there was no reason to believe Welch was currently in danger of harm or had known medical issues that may cause him to be in danger. Riley County Police notified law enforcement agencies in areas around the country where it was possible that Welch may have gone. A police information report for missing persons was filed on September 6, 2013. Riley County Police briefed the local media of the filing of this report on September 9, 2013.
On October 1, 2013, regarding the investigation, 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 the day conducting searches of areas that would be accessible to Welch. These searches did not turn up any evidence that would suggest the location of this missing person.
Welch is still considered missing and at this time there is no information leading investigators to believe that he may be the victim of foul play. 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).