Police have located the car that four missing teenagers were traveling in during a camping trip in Wales. Jevon Hirst, Harvey Owen, Wilf Henderson, and Hugo Morris vanished while camping in the Harlech and Porthmadog areas of Gwynedd. North Wales Police initiated a widespread search operation involving helicopters, the coastguard, and mountain rescue teams. Temperatures dropped to freezing overnight, and concerns have risen as the teenagers were only equipped with basic camping supplies for a one-night trip.
In an update released on Tuesday, the police stated that they had found the vehicle the teenagers were traveling in, and emergency services were at the location. The families of the missing teenagers have been kept informed. The silver Ford Fiesta, registered as HY14 GVO, was the last known sighting of the teenagers.
Shrewsbury College, where at least one of the missing teenagers attends, expressed concern over the situation and hopes for the safe return of the teenagers. The college spokesperson acknowledged the anxiety experienced by the families and friends of the missing teenagers.
The Welsh Ambulance Service responded to an incident near the A4085 between Nantmor and Tan-Lan, which is near the location where the car was found. Two ambulances, response units, and two helicopters were dispatched to the scene. The search area covers Harlech and Porthmadog, and a road block has been set up on the A4085 near the village of Garreg Llanfrothen.
As the search continues, experienced hikers advise carrying proper camping gear, including a good sleeping bag and protective clothing against harsh conditions. It is also important to have an understanding of the terrain and to stay calm if lost, going back to the last known location and calling out for help.
The MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, Liz Saville Roberts, expressed her worry and urged anyone with information to contact the police. The search for the missing teenagers takes place in challenging weather conditions, with the Met Office warning of severe wind chill and poor visibility in the Snowdonia National Park area.