Former British rugby league player Bryn Hargreaves’ body has been discovered more than a year after he went missing, according to his family, glamsquad reports
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The ex-St Helens player, 37, went missing after failing to show up for work last January, sparking a massive police search.
Bryn was working as a gas and oil pipe safety inspector at the time of his disappearance and was living alone after his divorce from Amy Bombard two years before.
His disappearance prompted a massive search involving police and tracker dogs.
Gareth Hargreaves, the former player’s older brother, announced his death on Facebook 14 months after he was last seen.
His family said he had become ‘isolated’ during the Covid lockdown and suggested he might move back to the UK, but on the last time they spoke to him on January 3 last year ‘he seemed fine’.
Officers arrived at his apartment in Morgantown, West Virginia, to find his door unlocked and his shower running, as well as all of his belongings, including his phone and Apple laptop, raising concerns that he had been kidnapped.
His brother Gareth announced the news on Facebook yesterday, writing, ‘RIP Bryn Hargreaves. With great sadness, I can confirm that we have finally found Bryn after 14 months of searching.
‘We still don’t know what happened on 3/1/22 or the cause of death. Thank you to everyone who assisted with the search.’
‘Not something I wanted to be sharing,’ wrote his mother, Maria Andrews, on social media. I’m in pieces because I’m heartbroken. Bryn, my lovely son. I’m at a loss for words to describe the pain xx.’
Bryn was reported missing to the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office on January 16, according to a spokesman for the agency.
Sniffer dogs were deployed in Morgantown’s Cheat Lake neighborhood, but to no avail. ‘It’s almost like he was abducted from his shower,’ Gareth said at the time.
‘It is, without a doubt, a fear of mine. He was obviously suffering from mental health issues and severe back pain as a result of a car accident in December.
‘I believe the police believed he had done something to himself, and that is certainly a possibility that we also fear. But a body would have been discovered five months later.
‘It’s a little strange if you wanted to disappear to leave your apartment unlocked with all of your ID and some of your prized possessions.
‘It’s one of the reasons why I can’t leave. If he’s had enough of a bad time and has taken himself away, that’s fine.
‘But if something had happened and we hadn’t tried to help or find him, I’d never be able to forgive myself.’
Bryn, from Wigan, played 175 games in the Super League for Wigan Warriors, St Helens, and Bradford Bulls.
He left rugby at the age of 26 after becoming disillusioned with the game, and then moved to the United States.
Bryn worked in the oil and gas industry and lived in Pittsburgh with his American wife Amy, whom he met in Mexico while on vacation in 2013.