Mum of tragic teen thanks friend for climb to raise awareness of case

The mum of a Scots teenager who died in “unexplained” circumstances thanked a family friend who climbed Ben Nevis to raise awareness of the case.

David Edgar, 30, a #JusticeForRhys campaign activist climbed Ben Nevis on Wednesday 19 May with multiple posters and a banner of Rhys Bonner from Glasgow.

He also met others who were supporters of the cause during the his trek for justice.

Rhys was 19-years-old when he went missing after leaving his home in Barlanark on July 24, 2019.

The Celtic fan was set to meet a friend at McDonald’s and then return to watch the football with his grandpa but he never turned up.

Police later found his half-naked body in marshland between the Easterhouse and Gartloch Village areas of Glasgow on August 8, 2019.

Multiple #JusticeForRhys posters and a banner were taken to the top of Ben Nevis

Tearing up about the photos that Edgar shared online from his climb, Rhys’ mum, Stephanie Bonner said: “My boy would be so proud. It broke my heart to see him up there.

“It was so nice of him [Edgar], I loved it so much.”

Stephanie said it broke her heart to see her son up there
Stephanie said it broke her heart to see her son up there

Police Scotland initially treated the death as unexplained and a spokesperson previously told the Daily Record: “We would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies to Stephanie Bonner following the death of her son Rhys Bonner.

“Rhys’ death was previously investigated by a dedicated team of officers who established no criminality, and a report was submitted to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.”

However, Stephanie thinks that there is more to the case and has been fiercely campaigning for the truth about what happened to her son.

A £2,000 reward has also been offered for information to find the ‘killer’ two years on from Rhys’ tragic death.

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