Snowdonia search underway for four missing teenage boys
Jevon Hirst, Harvey Owen, Wilf Henderson and Hugo Morris were feared missing after they were last heard from on Sunday morning following a camping trip to Snowdonia National Park, north Wales.
But North Wales Police has now confirmed the teenagers, who had travelled from Shrewsbury, were recovered from the wreck of a silver Ford Fiesta.
The vehicle appeared to have come off the road in the village of Garreg, five miles from the town of Porthmadog, officials said.
It comes after a major search operation was launched involving helicopters, the coastguard and mountain rescue teams early this morning.
North Wales Police Supt Owain Llewelyn said: “Police officers attended and located a Ford Fiesta on its roof partially submerged in water. Tragically the bodies of four young males were recovered from within the vehicle.
“At present, this appears to have been a tragic accident, and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the four young men at this very difficult time.”
Shrewsbury mayor ‘deeply saddened’
The Mayor of Shrewsbury is “deeply saddened” over the passing of four teenage boys found in the wreck of a silver Ford Fiesta.
“The Mayor is deeply saddened by the tragic news about the four students from Shrewsbury,” Shrewsbury Town Council wrote on X.
“Her heart goes out to their family and friends who have suffered such immeasurable loss and she sends her deepest condolences. May the Shrewsbury community unite at this terrible time.”
Alexander Butler21 November 2023 18:23
Ongoing inquiry into cause of crash, police say
There is an ongoing inquiry to identify the four teenagers found in the vehicle and to understand what caused the accident, according to police.
“While the search has concluded there is an ongoing inquiry to formally identify those in the vehicle and to understand what has led to this tragic incident,” North Wales Police said.
“I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank members of the emergency services, volunteers from the search agencies and members of the public who have supported us with this search.”
Alexander Butler21 November 2023 18:10
Teenage boy ‘lied’ about where he was going, mother says
The mother of Harvey Owen said she wasn’t worried about where he was because he “lied” about where he was going.
Writing on Facebook, Ms Owen said: “I wasn’t worried yesterday as he lied about where they were going. I was worried the night before when I couldn’t get hold of him as he told me he was stopping at his friend’s grandad’s. I was assured by friends he just had no signal”
Alexander Butler21 November 2023 18:03
More community reaction coming in to the tragic news of the bodies being discovered in the police search for the missing teenagers.
Trinity Churches Shrewsbury said it was to hold a ‘time and space to pray’ tomorrow morning.
In a statement on Facebook, it said: “We’ve learned this afternoon of the tragic death of four teenagers in North Wales. They had recently attended Meole Brace school. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends, and the wider community at such a sad time.
“There will be some time and space to pray in The Trinity Centre on Wednesday 22nd November from 9am, and other times to be arranged.”
Alex Ross21 November 2023 17:31
Shrewsbury Town Football Club issues statement
Following news of the discovery of four bodies in the search for four missing teenagers from Shrewsbury, the town’s football club has issued a statement on Facebook.
It read: “The thoughts and condolences of Shrewsbury Town Football Club are with everyone affected by the heartbreaking and devastating news coming out of North Wales.”
Alex Ross21 November 2023 17:21
Harvey Owen was studying for his A-Levels at Shrewsbury College having left Meole Brace School in the Shropshire town earlier this year.
In an interview with the BBC earlier today, his mother Crystal Owen said she was unaware her son was on a camping trip, believing he had gone to say at a friend’s grandfather’s house.
The 17-year-old has three siblings.
Alan Doust, head teacher at Meole Brace School, said: “Jev, Harvey and Wilf left us last year at the end of Year 11, and Hugo the year before. All four boys were well-thought [of] and well-known by the school community.”
Alex Ross21 November 2023 17:08
MP Liz Saville Roberts has responded to the news by thanking the search teams involved and putting her thoughts with the families and friends of the teenagers. She said: “This news is truly heart-breaking and foremost as parents, our thoughts go out to the families and friends of the four young men whose lives have been tragically lost in this dreadful incident.
“We would like to pay tribute to the emergency services and local mountain rescue teams involved in the search operation and to members of the public for their assistance in helping to locate the vehicle. No words can sufficiently reflect the sorrow that this news brings to our whole community.”
Alex Ross21 November 2023 16:55
Supt Owain Llewelyn, of North Wales Police, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the emergency services and members of the voluntary search agencies and members of the public who have supported us with this search.
“And finally I would ask that the family of these boys are afforded privacy at this desperate time.”
Alex Ross21 November 2023 16:53
Car discovered on its roof
Supt Owain Llewelyn, of North Wales Police, said: “Police officers attend and located a Ford Fiesta on its roof partially submerged in water. Tragically the bodies of four young males were recovered from within the vehicle
“The families of the missing boys have been informed.
“Our thoughts are with them in this desperate time. Whilst the search is concluded there is an ongoign investigation to formally identify those within the vehicle and to understand what has led to this tragic incident.”
Alex Ross21 November 2023 16:51
North Wales Police said enquiries were ongoing to establish the circumstances that led to the car leaving the road.
The Welsh Ambulance Service was called to the incident near the A4085 between Nantmor and Tan-Lan at 10.08am.
Since then, police collision investigators had been seen driving past the road block in Garreg toward the scene of the crash.
Alex Ross21 November 2023 16:42