The bodies of four teenagers have been found in a submerged car in the UK. Jevon Hirst, Harvey Owen, Wilf Henderson, and Hugo Morris, from Shrewsbury in the West of England, went camping in Wales and disappeared – their families could not contact them, and their social media and WhatsApp use suddenly discontinued.
After a call from concerned parents, North Wales Police began searching for the boys, who were aged between 16 and 18, and located an overturned Ford Fiesta submerged in a river with the bodies of all four inside. Owain Llewellyn, superintendent of North Wales Police, said, “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.”
The area where the crash occurred consists of small, winding roads, and police say there is almost no cell phone coverage. Investigations are ongoing, but initial findings suggest the car overturned on a bend and crashed into the water below.
Local coroner Kate Robertson convened a brief inquest days after the tragedy and said post-mortem examinations would be undertaken and a final cause of death determined, but she provisionally ruled the deaths accidental.
Friends and family posted tributes to the boys on social media, and Crystal Owen, mother of 17-year-old Harvey Owen, said, “Nothing will make this nightmare go away.” She added that she appreciates the kind messages of condolence. Wilf Henderson’s girlfriend, Maddi Corfield, wrote that he was the “sweetest and most loving boy I’ve ever known.”
Two friends of the group, James Love and Alfie Lawley, attended the Abbey of the Holy Cross in Shrewsbury to light candles in remembrance of their pals and posted, “It doesn’t feel real to think that they’re not going to be here anymore. I just have no words.”
Thousands of car accidents occur on the winding roads of rural Wales every year. In 2021, there were 4,348 road casualties in the region.