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Police searching for four missing teenagers on a camping trip in North Wales find the Silver Ford Fiesta they were travelling in as village is cordoned off and air ambulance lands nearby – as boy's worried mother says she 'didn't know he was going camping'


Police searching for four missing teenagers who went on a camping trip in North Wales have found the silver Ford Fiesta the group were last seen travelling in. 

Sixth form students Jevon Hirst, Harvey Owen, Wilf Henderson and Hugo Morris  were last seen in the Porthmadog area of Gwynedd on Sunday morning.

The teenagers, from Shrewsbury, Shropshire, were due home on Monday but none of them have made contact with friends and family or been active on WhatsApp. 

On Tuesday afternoon, the A4085 which runs through the village of Garreg was cordoned off following information from a member of the public. An air ambulance is also believed to be on the scene. 

North Wales Police has not confirmed whether the boys have been found or given an update on their condition. 

Crystal Owen, the mother of Harvey, a 17-year-old student at Shrewsbury College doing A-levels, said she was unaware her son had gone camping and thought he was staying at a friend’s grandfather’s house for the night. 

She said: ‘If I’d have known [where he was going] I wouldn’t have let him due to the winter weather conditions. They are all sensitive, intelligent lads and we are just hoping they parked up, got lost and are OK.’

Ambulances have been spotted driving through the police cordon on the A4085 between Garreg and Pont Aberglaslyn, according to the BBC

One of the men that has been missing since Sunday

Jevon Hirst, Harvey Owen, Wilf Henderson and Hugo Morris, who were said to be in their late teens, were last seen getting into a silver Ford Fiesta car on Sunday morning and haven’t been seen since 

Police have cordoned off the A8045 near the village of Garreg

Police have cordoned off the A8045 near the village of Garreg 

On Tuesday afternoon, the A4085 which runs through the village of Garreg was cordoned off following information from a member of the public

On Tuesday afternoon, the A4085 which runs through the village of Garreg was cordoned off following information from a member of the public

The young men, believed to be from the Shrewsbury area, were due home from their trip on Monday morning but none of them have made contact with friends and family. Pictured: Wilf Henderson

The young men, believed to be from the Shrewsbury area, were due home from their trip on Monday morning but none of them have made contact with friends and family. Pictured: Wilf Henderson 

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman said: ‘We were called on Tuesday 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.’

Timeline of the four missing teenagers

A timeline of what we know so far about the missing teenagers:

Saturday night

Harvey Owen left home on Saturday night. He told his mother he was staying at a friend’s grandfather’s house but he went on a camping trip.

Sunday morning 

The four boys, Jevon Hirst, Harvey Owen, Wilf Henderson and Hugo Morris, are reported missing.

In a now-deleted post on X, North Wales Police said it had ‘concerns’ for the teenagers and appealed for anyone who had seen their silver Ford Fiesta to get in touch.

Sunday, 12.00pm

Harvey Owen’s last used his mobile phone at around lunchtime, according to his mother.

Monday

The boys were supposed to arrive home to Shropshire but never do. Worried parents say they have not had contact with their sons since the previous day.

Tuesday 4.30am 

A coastguard helicopter from Caernarfon searches the area around the Glaslyn Nature Reserve at 4.30am, but returned to base with ‘nothing found’.

Tuesday 12.00pm 

Police say that following information from a member of the public, they had found the vehicle the teenagers were travelling in. 

Helicopters were seen circling the Tremadog area, near Cnicht mountain in Snowdonia, on Tuesday morning in the hunt for the missing boys. 

A local, Emyr Owen, spoke to the BBC and said that it was ‘atrocious weather’ in the area on Sunday.

He said that he was awoken at 5am this morning to the sound of a helicopter searching the area. 

Mr Owen said that the police closed the road towards Beddgelert and added: ‘I don’t know what happened to four young men in the car, hopefully nothing bad.’

A coastguard helicopter from Caernarfon searched the area around the Glaslyn Nature Reserve at 4.30am, but returned to base with ‘nothing found’.

It has emerged that the four were not experienced campers and only had a tent and sleeping bags with them.

Lisa Corfield, whose daughter Maddi is 17-year-old Wilf’s girlfriend, told MailOnline: ‘They are not experienced campers. They have never been there before. [They] were just going for the night so have a tent and sleeping bags but only the basics.’ 

Harvey’s mother reposted the appeal post shared by North Wales Police on Facebook and wrote: ‘I am frantic with worry, one of these boys is my son Harvey, please please please share and tag anyone in Wales or get in touch with any information you may have.’

Another family member, Mel Hirst, said they were ‘desperate for any news’ and pleaded users to keep sharing the post. 

Ms Corfield said the boys have not been seen or heard from and she begged people to share the post with as many people as possible so that they could ‘try and get them home safely’.

She told the Shropshire Star that the group set out to go camping on Saturday and were expected back on Sunday morning, but they ‘never returned’. 

Ms Corfield said: ‘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.’ 

Another mother of one of the missing boys wrote on a public Facebook group to ask for help.

Heather Sanderson wrote: ‘Good evening, my son and his three friends have been missing since yesterday lunchtime. 

‘They left Harlech and their phone records show they were in Porthmadog at 12 midday yesterday Sunday 19th November. 

They had some camping equipment with them but we are very concerned at the time since they contacted family and friends.’

She signed off the message with ‘please help if you can’ and said that all the boys are ‘just 17 years old’. 

Locals reported that a helicopter had been searching the Penrhyndeudraeth area before heading toward Nantmor and Beddgelert.

The area where the boys are missing is remote and mountainous, with narrow, winding single-lane roads into Snowdonia National Park.

Emergency services on the scene in the village of Garreg, where the car four missing boys were travelling in has been found

Emergency services on the scene in the village of Garreg, where the car four missing boys were travelling in has been found

Police have cordoned off the A8045 near the village of Garreg

Police have cordoned off the A8045 near the village of Garreg

Locals reported that a helicopter had been searching the Penrhyndeudraeth area before heading toward Nantmor and Beddgelert

Locals reported that a helicopter had been searching the Penrhyndeudraeth area before heading toward Nantmor and Beddgelert

North Wales Police released an update about the car the boys were in on Tuesday afternoon

North Wales Police released an update about the car the boys were in on Tuesday afternoon

North Wales Police have launched an urgent hunt for the missing youngsters, with their worried parents driving to the area to help with the search after being left 'frantic with worry'. Pictured: Jevon Hirst

North Wales Police have launched an urgent hunt for the missing youngsters, with their worried parents driving to the area to help with the search after being left ‘frantic with worry’. Pictured: Jevon Hirst

The missing group are believed to have been planning to travel through Snowdonia, heading east from the Welsh coastal areas of Porthmadog and Harlech towards Shrewsbury, Shrops

The missing group are believed to have been planning to travel through Snowdonia, heading east from the Welsh coastal areas of Porthmadog and Harlech towards Shrewsbury, Shrops

The lack of contact was said to be out of character and friends said their families are 'worried sick'. Pictured: Family members post on Facebook

The lack of contact was said to be out of character and friends said their families are ‘worried sick’. Pictured: Family members post on Facebook

Shrewsbury College has also issued a statement, telling the BBC that they ‘hope the teenagers are found safe and well soon’. 

Police and mountain rescue teams are searching the area for the group and have urged anyone who may have seen them to contact them immediately. 

North Wales Police said in a statement: ‘Police have concerns for four young males missing from the Harlech/Porthmadog area since the morning of the 19/11/23.

‘The four males’ names are Jevon Hirst, Harvey Owen, Wilf Henderson and Hugo Morris.

‘Any sightings please contact North Wales Police and quote ref num A184194.’



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