Khayman “Khay” Welch, 25, was last seen on August 12, 2020, walking southeast from the parking area at Weaver's Needle Vista Viewpoint near State Route 88 in the Tonto National Forest, Arizona at approximately 7:15p.
“Khay” was working with his uncle doing AC work at Tortilla Flat that day. On their way home, they stopped at the Weaver's Needle Vista. Khay told his uncle he wanted to get a better view of the sunset and walked South East from the parking lot towards Weaver’s Needle.
Search efforts were conducted in the surrounding area where Khay was last seen. Search-and-Rescue (SAR) teams searched the surrounding Weaver’s Needle Vista, to the east of State Route 88. Search teams deployed on foot and included tracker dogs, horseback riders, drones, and even helicopters with infrared cameras. Volunteers and friends of “Khay” searched the west side of State Route 88 in early-mid October; SAR teams walked the area but a focused search effort was not conducted west of SR 88.
He was an experienced outdoorsman, but did not have food or water with him. Temperatures in the area exceeded 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Searchers, and those close to the investigation, believe it is possible that “Khay” mistook Battleship Mountain as Weaver’s Needle, and may have attempted to travel back on a different route. If this is what happened, it would mean that “Khay” may have walked deeper into areas which had not been searched.
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