66-man group joins hunt for missing former Bradford Bulls and St Helens prop Bryn Hargreaves

It’s a news story that has dominated the headlines since the middle of January, but investigators and search parties are still no closer to finding former Bradford Bulls and St Helens prop Bryn Hargreaves.

His mother Maria Andrews made the Atlantic trip when she found out he was missing and she – along with his brother – are still out there hunting for him.

“We searched all around…poster drops, talking to people, going to places…,” she told WTAP.

After a number of alleged sightings, Andrews is now in Mid-Ohio.

“I’ve been to a couple places where there have been possible sightings of Bryn, with the intention of talking to the staff and…so they can be on the lookout for him,” she continued.

Bryn Hargreaves went missing from his Morgantown home in January, with a missing persons report filed after a quick investigation of his property.

Monongalia County Sheriff Department’s lead investigator for the case, sergeant Stephen Currie, explained. “A property manager had contacted the sheriff’s department because they had noticed water running at his apartment. They went in there and they couldn’t find Mr. Hargreaves…,”

Officials found Hargreaves’ cellphone, wallet, and keys in his apartment, but Hargreaves was nowhere to be found.

“The deputy responded to the scene and also issued a welfare check BOLO or ‘be on the lookout’, trying to find either his vehicle or him,” Currie said.

Hargreaves’ mother said Bryn was troubled before his disappearance after dealing with serious health issues on top of a car crash injury that had left him unemployed.

“I believe it was on February 11th there was an approximately 66 man search party – several volunteers that came out that searched the area surrounding his apartment complex…,” Currie said.

The Mountaineer Area Rescue Group has conducted multiple searches with dogs, with no success.

Dive Master First Sergeant Nick Schmidle elaborated. “It’s a pretty vast area so we’re going to focus on the one that most dogs have hit on first and then we’ll go to the other one and check that with sonar and see if we can see anything on their sonar.”

It’s been a brutal few months for Hargreaves family but Andrews has found support along the way.

“…, and the support of Beth and Ken and yourselves, and anyone else who’s – quite a few people out there…just gives me hope every day that I can be strong enough to find him and we just want him to come home,” she said.

Bryn Hargreaves is about 6′2, has a tattoo of his family crest on his left shoulder, and looks athletic since he used to play professional rugby. He’s also from the U.K., so he has an accent.

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