Police searching for four missing teenagers in North Wales have confirmed they have found the silver Ford Fiesta in which the group were traveling.
Sixth-year students Jevon Hirst, Harvey Owen, Wilf Henderson and Hugo Morris were last seen traveling in a car in the Harlech and Porthmadog areas of Gwynedd on Sunday morning.
The young men from the Shrewsbury area returned home on Monday morning but none of them had made contact with friends and family or were active on WhatsApp.
However, the police announced that the missing car had already been found.
North Wales Police confirmed the news on Facebook and wrote: “Following information from a member of the public, officers searching for four missing teenagers in the Porthmadog area have located the vehicle they were traveling in.”
The police said that officers and other emergency services are on site and providing ongoing information to the teenagers’ families.
Jevon Hirst, Harvey Owen, Wilf Henderson and Hugo Morris, all said to be teenagers, were last seen getting into a silver Ford Fiesta on Sunday morning and have not been seen since.
Locals reported the helicopter searched the Penrhyndeudraeth area before heading towards Nantmor and Beddgelert.
The young men, believed to be from the Shrewsbury area, were due to return home from their trip on Monday morning, but none of them have made contact with friends and family. Pictured: Wilf Henderson
Helicopters were seen circling the Tremadog area, near Mount Cnicht in Snowdonia, on Tuesday morning as they searched for the missing boys. A coastguard helicopter from Caernarfon searched the area around Glaslyn Nature Reserve at 4.30am but returned to base and “found nothing”.
It turned out that all four of them 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: ‘These are not experienced campers. They’ve never been there before. [They] we were only going for the night, so bring a tent and sleeping bags, but only the basics.
Crystal Owen, mother of Harvey, a 17-year-old A-level student from Shrewsbury College, said BBC that he was heading to north Wales to be closer to the search operation.
Mrs Owen stated that she did not know her son was going camping and thought he was staying overnight at a friend’s grandfather’s house.
She said: “If only I knew [where he was going] I wouldn’t let him because of the winter weather conditions.
“They are all sensitive, intelligent boys and we hope they parked and got lost and were okay.”
North Wales Police have launched an urgent search for the missing children, and their worried parents went to the area to help with the search after they were “mad with worry”. In the photo: Jevon Hirst
The missing group are believed to have planned to travel through Snowdonia, heading east from the Welsh coastal areas of Porthmadog and Harlech towards Shrewsbury, Shrops.
Chris Lloyd, chairman of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team, said they were called by North Wales Police yesterday afternoon.
Lloyd said: “Our first task was to look for any signs of presence in the mountains. We sent two or three teams to cover all the parking lots. We can’t find the car.
“We are still actively looking for him and continuing to search for him. We don’t have a specific area where to look.
Harvey’s mother reposted an appeal post shared by North Wales Police on Facebook and wrote: ‘I am extremely worried, one of these boys is my son Harvey. Please share and tag anyone in Wales or contact us with any information you may have.” To have.’
Another family member, Mel Hirst, said he was “desperately waiting for any news” and urged users to keep sharing the post.
Ms Corfield said the boys had not been seen or heard from and pleaded for them to share the post with as many people as possible so they could “try to get them home safely”.
She said Shropshire Star that the group went camping on Saturday and were supposed to return on Sunday morning but “never came back.”
Mrs Corfield said: “Everyone is very worried and has not heard from them, which is very unusual for them. They tried on phones that had to be turned off or had no batteries.
The lack of contact was considered inappropriate and friends said their families were “worried about the disease”. Pictured: family members posting on Facebook
Locals said the helicopter searched the Penrhyndeudraeth area before heading towards Nantmor and Beddgelert.
The area where the boys went missing is remote and mountainous, with narrow, winding single-lane roads leading into Snowdonia National Park.
Police and mountain rescue teams are searching the area for the group and are appealing to anyone who may have seen them to contact them immediately.
North Wales Police said in a statement: “Police have concerns about four young men missing from the Harlech/Porthmadog area since the morning of 19/11/2023.
“The four men were Jevon Hirst, Harvey Owen, Wilf Henderson and Hugo Morris.
“They were traveling in a silver Ford Fiesta with registration number HY14 GVO.
“If you have any sightings please contact North Wales Police and quote the reference number. A184194.”