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During the police investigation for four missing teenagers on a camping trip in Wales, bodies have been discovered.
A large-scale search was initiated for Jevon Hirst, Harvey Owen, Wilf Henderson and Hugo Morris when they did not come back from their overnight excursion in the Snowdonia region of Gwynedd.
The silver Ford Fiesta that seems to have veered off the A4085 at Garreg, near Tremadog, was discovered overturned and partially submerged in water. The bodies of the individuals were retrieved from the vehicle, and investigations are currently underway.
“At this time, it seems that this was a devastating accident and our condolences go out to the loved ones of the four young men during this challenging period.”
This has been a thorough investigation that has included various organizations and individuals. Unfortunately, this is not the desired result for any of us.
We kindly request that the family’s privacy and respect is respected.
An extensive search was conducted overnight, and at 10am on Tuesday, search teams located their vehicle after a member of the public reported its whereabouts. Although their bodies have not been officially identified, their families have been notified.
The A4085 between Garreg and Pont Aberglaslyn is currently closed due to a police cordon.
Earlier today, a helicopter ambulance was spotted in the vicinity, while two ambulance service vehicles passed through the restricted area near the towns of Garreg and Llanfrothen.
The Welsh Ambulance Service received a call at approximately 10:08am regarding an incident near the A4085 road between Nantmor and Tan-Lan in Gwynedd.
“We dispatched one operations manager, two emergency ambulances, and two Cymru High Acuity Response Units to the location. We received assistance from the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service, who provided two Wales Air Ambulance charity helicopters.”
The four boys at Shrewsbury College had been preparing for their A-Levels. Harvey’s mother, Crystal Owen, described them as “sensitive and intelligent young men”. They last used their phones on Sunday around midday.
The concerned parents of the teenagers shared the police’s request for information on social media, with one parent stating: “Please continue to share… if anyone has any knowledge or ideas that could aid in finding the boys, please contact the authorities. We are anxiously awaiting any updates.”
Someone else wrote: “I am extremely anxious, as one of these boys is my son, Harvey. Please share and tag anyone in Wales, or reach out if you have any information.”
Harvey’s mother, Crystal Owen, stated that she was unaware of their camping plans and believed they would be staying at a friend’s grandfather’s house instead.
She expressed great concern and anxiety, as we have not slept at all and are eager to pursue any potential information,” she informed the BBC. “If I had known his destination, I would not have allowed him to go due to the hazardous winter weather.”
“We are hoping that the young men, who are all intelligent and sensitive, simply parked and got lost, and are safe.”
The teenagers were thought to have been camping in the remote Eryri region of northern Wales. Eryri National Park, also called Snowdonia, is the largest national park in Wales, spanning 823 square miles.
Liz Saville Roberts, MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, and Mabon ap Gwynfor, Member of the Senedd, expressed their deep sadness over the tragic loss of four young men in this incident. They extend their sympathies to the families and friends of the victims, and share in their grief as parents themselves.
We want to recognize and thank the emergency services and local mountain rescue teams who were a part of the search effort, as well as the members of the public who aided in finding the vehicle. It is impossible to fully express the sadness that this news has brought to our entire community.