Bodies have been found during a police search for four teenagers who disappeared on a camping trip in Wales.
A massive search operation was launched for Jevon Hirst, Harvey Owen, Wilf Henderson and Hugo Morris after they failed to return home from an overnight trip to the Snowdonia area of Gwynedd.
Their bodies were recovered from a silver Ford Fiesta which appeared to have left the road on the A4085 at Garreg, near Tremadog.
Supt Owain Llewelyn, of North Wales Police, said: “At this time 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.
“This was an extensive search involving a number of different agencies and volunteers and unfortunately this is not the outcome that any of us would have wanted.
“We would ask that the family be afforded appropriate privacy and respect.”
They were last seen on Sunday in the silver Ford Fiesta, while their vehicle was found by search parties on Tuesday following tips from a citizen.
A police cordon has been set up on the A4085 between Garreg and Pont Aberglaslyn and the road remains closed.
A rescue aircraft was seen in the area early this morning and two ambulances drove through the cordon near the villages of Garreg and Llanfrothen.
The Welsh Ambulance Service said it was called at around 10.08am to reports of an incident near the A4085 between Nantmor and Tan-Lan in Gwynedd.
“We sent an incident commander, two 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,” it said.
All four boys had been studying for their A-levels at Shrewsbury College, with Harvey’s mother Crystal Owen saying they were “all sensitive, intelligent boys” who had last used their phones around lunchtime on Sunday.
The teens’ concerned parents reposted police’s appeal for information on social media, with one writing: “Please share… If anyone knows anything or can think of anything that could help find the boys, please get in touch “Please contact the police.” We are desperately waiting for news.”
Another wrote: “I’m very worried. One of those boys is my son Harvey. Please share and tag someone in Wales or contact us with any information you have.”
Crystal Owen, Harvey’s mother, said she didn’t know they were going on a camping trip and thought they were staying at a friend’s grandfather’s house.
“I’m very worried, we haven’t slept a wink, we’re desperately looking for every possible lead,” she told the BBC. “If I had known (where he was going), I would not have allowed him due to the winter weather conditions.
“They’re all sensitive, intelligent guys and we just hope they’re parked, lost and OK.”
The teenagers are believed to have been camping in the Eryri area of north Wales, a remote part of the country. Eryri National Park, also known as Snowdonia, is the largest national park in Wales, covering a total area of 823 square miles.
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