Body of missing rugby star Bryn Hargreaves found 14 months after disappearance

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    The family of former Super League player Bryn Hargreaves have confirmed his body has been found more than a year after he was reported missing in America.

    In January 2022, the employers of the former Wigan, St Helens and Bradford player alerted authorities after he didn't turn up for work. But despite a major police search operation in West Virginia, and the hiring of a private investigator, Hargreaves' whereabouts remained unknown.

    But late on Sunday night, his brother Gareth wrote an emotional Facebook post, revealing his sibling had been found dead: "RIP Bryn Hargreaves," he said. "With incredible sadness I can confirm after 14 months we have finally found Bryn.

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    "We still do not know the cause of death or what actually happened on 3/1/22. Thanks to all those that have helped in the search. We would appreciate a little space and will keep you updated when we have any further information x."

    Mum Maria also spoke out on social media, writing: "I'm in bits #heartbroken my beautiful son Bryn I can't think of any words to describe the pain xx."

    The prop began his professional career with Wigan in 2004, playing 28 times before moving to St Helens. He went on to break a century of appearances for the Saints, winning the World Club Challenge and Challenge Cup, and playing in two Grand Final defeats.

    But in 2012, the Welsh international retired from the sport aged just 26. Citing disillusionment with the sport, he emigrated to America and began work in the oil industry, and was based in Morgantown when he went missing. At the time of his initial disappearance, his family voiced concerns over his psychological state.

    "Bryn had mental health issues and was in severe pain with his back from a car accident in December (2021)," Gareth explained last June amid the ongoing search. "He'd also been away from his family at Christmas. The most likely scenarios were that he decided to harm himself or had decided to disappear for a bit and come back."

    The family then set up a GoFundMe page in a bid to to raise funds to hire the private detective. The campaign was also supported by his former clubs, with Wigan Warriors allowing family members to fundraise outside their ground.


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