Four bodies recovered in the search for missing teenagers in North Wales were found in a car that was on its roof and partially submerged in water, police have said.
Officers had been looking for Jevon Hirst, Harvey Owen, Wilf Henderson and Hugo Morris, who were missing since Sunday morning.
North Wales Police said their bodies were recovered from a silver Ford Fiesta which appears to have left the road on the A4085 at Garreg, near Tremadog.
The force said enquiries were ongoing to establish the circumstances that led to the car leaving the road.
It is believed the teenagers had gone camping in Eryri – also known as Snowdonia.
Investigation into crash ongoing
Giving the latest update in the search, Superintendent Owain Llewellyn said this evening: “Police officers attended (the scene) 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.
“Our thoughts are with them at this desperate time. Whilst the search is concluded, there is an ongoing investigation to formally identify those within the vehicle and to understand what’s led to this tragic incident.”
Parent appeals to public for information
Some of the parents of the teenagers had earlier reposted a police social media appeal while the search was under way.
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.”
The car was located by police earlier on Tuesday before it was confirmed there were bodies inside.
A van with “collision forensics” written on the side was later seen arriving at the scene.
Superintendent Llewellyn said after the car was located: “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.
“This has been an extensive search involving a number of different agencies and volunteers, and this is sadly not the outcome that any of us would have wanted.
“We would ask that the family be afforded the appropriate privacy and respect.”
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.”
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