Name: Khayman Welch
Age: 25 years old
Last seen: August 12, 2020
Location: Tonto National Forest, Arizona
Status: Still missing
25 year old Khayman “Khay” Welch was last seen on August 12, 2020 in the Tonto National Forest, Arizona. He was last seen around 7:15 pm walking southeast from the parking area of Weaver’s Needle Vista Viewpoint, and hasn’t been heard from since.
Welch told a family member he wanted to get a better view of the sunset and walked off into the desert, but never returned.
On August 12, 2020, Khayman worked with his uncle doing AC work at Tortilla Flat. On their way home they stopped at Weaver’s Needle Vista at milepost 203 and State Route 88 to watch the sunset.
At the time of his disappearance Khayman was working as a tattoo artist in Mesa, Arizona. His community of family and friends have been searching the area near Needle Vista for months. His case remains unsolved.
Caucasian male with brown hair and hazel eyes. He stands 6 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds. He has full sleeve tattoos on both arms, ear gauges in both lobes approximately the diameter of a pencil, and a short buzzed haircut.
Khayman was last seen wearing a black Ghostbusters t-shirt, black jeans, black framed prescription eyeglasses, and army style boots.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Khayman Welch please contact the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office at (602) 876-8477.
Resources & Further Information
Khayman Welch – NamUS
Bring Khayman Home – Facebook
Khayman “Khay” Welch remains missing in Tonto National Forest – Missing NPF
The agonizing disappearance of Khayman Welch in Tonto National Forest – Strange Outdoors
News & Media Links
Crews searching for a missing hiker in Tonto National Forest – AP 08/20
Hiker did not return from Weaver’s Needle area in Tonto National Forest – ABC 15 08/20
Man missing in Tonto National Forest near Weaver’s Needle – AZ Central 08/20
Man originally from Casper goes missing in Tonto National Forest in Arizona – Casper Star Tribune 09/20
Search for Missing Phoenix Man Continues – 12 News 10/20
Family looks for answers after man goes missing near Superstition Mountains – Fox10 10/20
Videos & Flyers
He wasn’t an experienced outdoorsman. That wasn’t incorrectly reported by the media.
His mother speaks about him here. As well as tells the story from the families perspective.
Thank you for putting all these links together in one spot. I had planned on creating something similar with all of our maps for new people who join the search. Huge thanks for organizing such a detailed blog.
Alicidas Pitner says
Just watched the Youtube video and I have a few questions did the police let a cadaver dog go through all vehicles Khayman was last in? Also did they do a phone search of the Moms, uncles phone and Khayman’s phone? And did anyone receive life insurance for Khayman’s death? Do they have a timeline of all the internet searches and can they prove Khayman was the one who done all the web searches or was Khayman somewhere else when they the searches? Was Khayman the only one who used his computer? When he went missing where was his phone? Who had access to it? I think the body was taken somewhere else, two people may be involved. Was the uncle the Mom’s brother or the Father’s brother?
Judging from your questions you haven’t read ALL available information. Educate yourself first.