Mum, who buys presents for son that he will never open, still searching for answers after he died in Welsh quarry

Picture of Myron Davies close up face
Myron Davies died in summer 2022 -Credit:Suppled by Sarah Davies

Sarah Davies will forever remember Wednesday, July 6, 2022, as the day her world was shattered. After finishing a night shift, she woke her 15 year old son Myron for school at 7am, prepared his packed lunch, and bid him farewell.

Sadly, this would be the last time Sarah saw her only child alive. Myron was discovered dead at Abersychan quarry just 12 hours later.

Almost two years have passed since that devastating day, but Sarah and the rest of Myron's family are still seeking answers about what truly transpired.

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An inquest into the circumstances leading to Myron's death has yet to take place, with several previously scheduled dates postponed. A new date has been set for this summer, which Sarah hopes will provide her with the closure she desperately needs.

She has spent the past 22 months in a state of depression and turmoil, trying to make sense of what happened without all the facts, reports Wales Online.

"It's so hard not knowing the truth," she said. "You can only grieve to a certain point when you don't know the truth because you don't know exactly what happened." Describing how the day unfolded, Sarah said she remembered Myron telling her the day before that he wanted to go out with his friends after school - something he didn't often do on a weekday.

She said: "I came home [after working in a care home] at 7am and woke him up. He texted me the day before saying he wanted to go out with friends after school, so I made him a packed lunch and made sure he had some money in his bag." Sarah said she texted Myron at around 4pm to let him know a parcel had arrived for him to which he said "thank you" and let her know that he would be home at around 7pm.

"I replied saying that's fine and that I would be in work for 7pm, but his dad would be home", she said. But when 7pm came around Sarah explained how her partner heard sirens rush through the village while he waited for Myron to come home.

Myron Davies fell at Abersychan quarry
Myron Davies fell at Abersychan quarry -Credit:Sarah Davies
Myron and Sarah pictured together on a beach
Myron with mum Sarah -Credit:Sarah Davies

At around 7.30pm there came a knock at the door. However, it was the police instead of Myron. Sarah said: "The police asked if Myron Davies lived here and he said 'yes'. They asked for a recent picture of Myron, so he went to get one off the wall. Then they said something had happened, but they wouldn't tell him what."

"Even though Myron had never been in trouble before, he asked if Myron had gotten into trouble since he said he was out with friends. He also asked if he had fallen over and broken his leg or anything like that. However they kept saying 'we can't tell you'. and that he would have to wait."

Next, Sarah said her partner rang her to say something had happened to Myron, before he came to collect her from work. Sarah said: "He said there was even an air ambulance out and that I needed to leave work. When he arrived I asked him to put the police on the phone to me and I said, 'tell me what happened', and 'is my son safe?', but they still said they couldn't tell me at that stage. I had a knot in my stomach. I started ringing all his friends' parents asking them if they had seen Myron and they all said no."

As they drove towards their home, Sarah said it was clear to see where the incident had happened as police had blocked off the road near the quarry on Limekiln Road. She said the quarry was a five mile drive from the house or a 10 minute walk, and could be viewed from Myron's bedroom window.

She said: "We went straight to the quarry. The police didn't say it was anything to do with the quarry but you can see over there from Myron's bedroom window, we could hear the emergency services and the road was blocked. When we got there there were about two fire engines, two ambulances, three police cars - including an unmarked CID car - an air ambulance and a coastguard helicopter. We stood at the road for what felt like forever."

Tributes in Myron's memory at Abersychan quarry
Myron died at Abersychan quarry -Credit:Sarah Davies

Sarah said she estimated that she and her partner were standing there for around 40 minutes before police were in a position to be able to confirm Myron had been involved in an incident and had died. "They said there had been an incident and that Myron had died. The police officer said she had worked on him for around 30 minutes but couldn't bring him back."

"I just screamed. I wanted to go to him, but I wasn't allowed to. Someone had to identify him, but they said they didn't want me or my partner to do it [due to it being upsetting] so my cousin did it."

Next, Sarah said Myron's body was taken to The Grange Hospital in Cwmbran by the emergency services, while she and her partner followed behind. At around 10pm she was able to spend some time with Myron.

Gwent Police finalised its investigation into Myron's death in September, 2023. Officers said they found no criminal or third-party involvement. They previously confirmed that a 14-year-old girl also fell from the quarry during the same incident and was critically injured.

Myron's inquest was opened on July 18, 2022, with his medical cause of death given as "multiple blunt force injuries to the head and trunk". The full inquest was adjourned until April, 2023, to give Gwent Police time to carry out their investigation. However, Sarah said the inquest was further adjourned with a new date set to go ahead two days before Mother's Day in March, 2024.

Myron smiling
He was just 15-years-old -Credit:Sarah Davies
Myron had his whole life ahead of him
Myron had his whole life ahead of him -Credit: Sarah Davies

However, Sarah said this was adjourned again. Another date has been set for June, but Sarah said she had diminishing faith that she would ever get to the bottom of what really happened. "You build yourself up each time," she said. "It feels like they don't care. It hits you like a bombshell when they say it's not going ahead. It just feels like we'll never know the truth."

Despite the fact Sarah still doesn't have all the facts, she said she had put together small pieces of information that she replayed over and over again in her mind. "I have worked it out in my head," she said. "I've worked out what happened by having his clothes back and seeing messages on his phone. I go over it in my head and I have nightmares about it."

She said the traumatic nature of the loss, paired with having no real answers, had left her and her partner in a "constant state of depression" since July 6, 2022. She said: "We don't go out anymore. I only go out if I really have to go out and he won't go out at all. We don't like speaking to people. I worked 40 hours a week before Myron died, if not more, but since Myron died I haven't worked. It's all because of depression. I miss him every single day."

"We were offered support but didn't see the point because we don't know exactly what happened. We don't want to go and discuss what happened [with a counsellor] only to find out something else."

Sarah described Myron as being a fun and loveable person who everyone enjoyed spending time with. Paying tribute, she said: "He meant the world to me. He was the most outgoing and happy person you could ever meet. Everyone who knew him loved being around him."

She said one of the most difficult parts about losing her son was wondering what he would be doing now, or what he would have achieved, if the incident did not happen. "He really wanted to go to college and he had his life planned," she said. "I had his GCSE results back from school even though he didn't complete year 11. They marked him on his work from year 7 to year 10 and he had Cs and one B. He passed everything. He could have had As if he completed year 11."

Myron and Sarah smiling together at Christmas
Christmas will never be the same again for Myron's family -Credit:Sarah Davies

She said birthdays and Christmases were once happy times spent together, but they were now "dreaded". She said: "Christmases and birthdays are really hard. Myron's birthday is on December 3 and then mine is December 7 and then we have Christmas. I still buy gifts for Myron and put them in his bedroom, I've kept it the same [since he passed] and all his clothes are still in his wardrobe."

"December, 2024, was always going to be special for us. Myron would be turning 18 and it will be my 40th. We knew this and had always talked about doing something special to celebrate it together, and now he is not here."

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Summing up her grief, which will haunt her for a lifetime, Sarah said: "You will never prepare yourself for someone dying, but you never expect to lose your child. With some people, you know they are going to die soon, but with Myron, one day he was just gone. He was still, to me, my baby."

In a recent statement to WalesOnline, a Gwent Police spokeswoman said: "Following extensive enquiries into the death of Myron Davies, who reportedly fell from a quarry in Pontypool in July, 2022, the police investigation found no criminal or third-party involvement."

"The investigation was finalised in September, 2023, and a report was submitted to the coroner in relation to the death. Our thoughts remain with the family of Myron and hope that the inquest can provide them with the answers they have surrounding the death of their loved one."

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