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Snowdonia missing boys search: Everything we know so far in hunt for teens as car found

NewsSnowdonia missing boys search: Everything we know so far in hunt for teens as car found

A frantic search has been launched to find four boys who vanished after going on a camping trip.

Jevon Hirst, Harvey Owen, Wilf Henderson and Hugo Morris were meant to arrive home on Monday morning (November 20) but have not been seen or heard from by their families.

The friends from the Shrewsbury area and are understood to be in their late teens.

They were last seen getting into the silver Ford Fiesta – with the number plate HY14 GVO – on Sunday morning.

North Wales Police has now confirmed they have found the car and an air ambulance has been seen in the area.

It’s thought they could have been heading into Snowdonia in Wales and were seen travelling near coastal areas Harlech and Porthmadog.

Here is everything we know so far in the hunt for the teens.

The alarm was raised when students Jevon Hirst, Harvey Owen, Wilf Henderson and Hugo Morris didn’t return home from what is understood to be a camping trip in north-west Wales.

The young men are from Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

They were due home on Monday morning but none of them have made contact with friends and family – or have been active on WhatsApp.

This morning (Tuesday, November 21) the car the boys had been travelling in was found.

North Wales Police had issued an appeal on their social media channels in the early hours of this morning for help to find it.

The car found after information came in from a member of the public.

North Wales Police confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that the car the boys had been travelling with has now been found.

The force did not disclose the location. A spokesperson said: “We were called today (November 21), at approximately 10.08am, to reports of an incident near the A4085 between Nantmor and Tan-Lan.

We sent an operations manager, two emergency ambulances and two Cymru High Acuity Response Units to the scene where we were supported by the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service in two Wales Air Ambulance charity helicopters.”

The rescue

Mountain rescue teams went out on Monday afternoon searching for the four friends. Chris Lloyd, chairman of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team, told the BBC they were called out by North Wales Police yesterday afternoon.

Mr Lloyd said before the car was found: “Our first job was to look for any indication they were on the mountain. We deployed two or three teams to drive around all the car parks.”

Officers and other emergency services are currently at the scene and police said they are keeping the teenager’s families updated with information.

North Wales Live reporter David Powell has said that police road blocks are in place near the village of Garreg, between Llanfrothen and Nantmor, a few miles north-east of Porthmadog.

Meole Brace School in Shrewsbury, which the four teenagers used to attend, has said it is “fully supportive” of emergency service efforts to find them.

Headteacher Alan Doust said in a statement: “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.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families for their safe return.”

Shrewsbury College has confirmed all four boys are studying for their A-levels there.

It said in a statement: “The college’s immediate thoughts are with the family and friends of the teenagers missing.

“This is a very worrying time, and we all want them to be found safe and well.”

Crystal Owen, the mother of Harvey, said she did not know they were going on a camping trip and thought they were going to stay at friend’s grandfather’s house.

“I am frantically worried, we haven’t slept a wink, we are desperate to chase any lead we can,” she told the BBC.

“If I’d have known (where he was going) I wouldn’t have let him due to the winter weather conditions.

A mum of one of the missing teens’ girlfriend said that they should have returned home on Sunday morning.

Lisa Corfield, whose daughter Maddi is Wilf’s girlfriend, told the Shropshire Star: “They all went to north Wales camping on Saturday night and they were due home on Sunday morning but they never returned.

“Everybody is sick with worry and have not heard anything from them, which is very unusual for them.

“They have been trying their phones which must be either off or with no battery.”

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