Support our Nation today - please donate here

Four bodies recovered from partially submerged car following search for missing teenagers

21 Nov 2023 3 minute read
Superintendent Owain Llewelyn at North Wales Police St Asaph Dhq speaking to the media about the search for Jevon Hirst, Harvey Owen, Wilf Henderson and, Hugo Morris. Photo Ian Cooper/PA Wire

The bodies of four missing teenagers were found inside their overturned car which was partially submerged in water, North Wales Police have confirmed.

A search was launched for Jevon Hirst, Harvey Owen, Wilf Henderson and Hugo Morris after they failed to return home to Shropshire from an overnight camping trip to the Snowdonia area.

North Wales Police said their bodies were recovered from a silver Ford Fiesta which left the A4085 at Garreg, near Tremadog.

Partially submerged

Superintendent Owain Llewellyn said: “Police officers attended and located a Ford Fiesta vehicle 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.

“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.”

Inquiries into why the car left the road are under way, the force said.

Composite of undated handout photos issued by North Wales Police of Jevon Hirst, Harvey Owen, Wilf Henderson, and Hugo Morris

Earlier, the teenagers’ worried parents reposted a police appeal for information on social media.

One wrote: “Please keep sharing … if anyone knows anything or can think of anything that may help find the boys please contact the police. We are desperate for any news.”

Another 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.”

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

The boys were all A-level students at the Shrewsbury Colleges Group, which said its “immediate thoughts are with the family and friends of the teenagers”.


Local MP Liz Saville Roberts and local Senedd member Mabon ap Gwynfor said in a joint statement: “This news is truly heartbreaking and foremost as parents ourselves our thoughts go out to the families and friends of the four young men whose lives have been lost in this tragic accident.

“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.”

First Minister Mark Drakeford said the boys’ deaths were “devastating news”.

“My thoughts are with their family and friends during this incredibly difficult time as they deal with the unimaginable,” he added in a post on social media site X, formerly known as Twitter.

Support our Nation today

For the price of a cup of coffee a month you can help us create an independent, not-for-profit, national news service for the people of Wales, by the people of Wales.

Notify of
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
5 months ago

Such a tragedy, so sad.

Sarah Good
Sarah Good
5 months ago

I agree. So young. My condolences to family and friends should any of them read this article

Our Supporters

All information provided to Nation.Cymru will be handled sensitively and within the boundaries of the Data Protection Act 2018.