POLICE and mountain rescue teams have scaled up the search for four teenage boys who are reportedly missing on a camping trip in Gwynedd.
The boys – Jevon Hirst, Harvey Owen, Wilf Henderson and Hugo Morris, none of whom are understood to be experienced campers – have not been sighted since Sunday morning.
The group’s car – a silver Ford Fiesta – was located shortly before noon following information from a member of the public, according to a police update.
A helicopter search was launched in the early hours of this morning, but returned to base in Caernarfon without any sightings of the teenagers or their vehicle.
Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team chairman Chris Lloyd said the focus of the search was now on finding the boys’ car, and moving the rescue efforts on from there.
“We were called out by North Wales Police early yesterday afternoon,” he said.
“Our first job was to look for any indication they were on the mountain.
“We deployed two or three teams to drive around all the car parks. We cannot find the car. We are still actively looking for it and are continuing to search. We don’t have specific area where to search.”
Anyone with any sightings of the missing boys or the Ford Fiesta are urged to contact North Wales Police immediately.