Jay Slater missing – latest: Teen’s family ‘not going anywhere’ as they continue search in ‘treacherous gorge’

Jay Slater’s family have continued their search for the missing teenager in a ‘treacherous’ gorge as they vow to remain in Tenerife.

Spanish authorities culled their search last Sunday after 13 days of searching for the apprentice bricklayer in the Rural de Teno park.

However, his family and a few volunteers have remained on the island as they continue to scour near the last location Jay’s phone was tracked to.

Jay’s uncle, father and brother were joined by local hiker Juan Garcia on Saturday who said the area was a “labyrinth” and that the operation was “like looking for a needle in a haystack”.

Asked how the family are coping, Jay’s uncle told SkyNews: “It’s just torture.”

Jay, 19, vanished the morning on Monday June 17 after he embarked on an 11 hour walk towards his accommodation after visiting an AirBnb with two men he had met.

He called his friend at around 8.50am to tell her he was lost, needed a drink of water and his phone was on one per cent battery.

Key Points

  • Jay Slater’s friend shares new photo

  • Jay Slater’s family allowed to use own search teams

  • GoFundMe reaches £50,000

  • Man who took Jay Slater back to his AirBnb insists teen was alive when he left

Jay Slater’s family ‘not going anywhere’ as they continue search in ‘treacherous gorge’

08:26 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater’s family have continued their search for the missing teenager in a ‘treacherous’ gorge as they vow to remain in Tenerife.

Spanish authorities culled their search last Sunday after 13 days of searching for the apprentice bricklayer in the Rural de Teno park.

However, his family and a few volunteers have remained on the island as they continue to scour near the last location Jay’s phone was tracked to.

Jay’s uncle, father and brother were joined by local hiker Juan Garcia on Saturday who said the area was a “labyrinth” and that the operation was “like looking for a needle in a haystack”.

Asked how the family are coping, Jay’s uncle told SkyNews: “It’s just torture.”

TikToker lived off Doritos while scouring the mountains of Tenerife searching for missing Jay Slater

07:30 , Athena Stavrou

A TikToker flew back to London following his two-week search of Tenerife for missing Jay Slater because he claimed he no longer felt safe on the party island.

But sick trolls were waiting for Callum Fahim as he touched down in the capital on Thursday after tracking his flight number from his livestreams online.

The keen hiker flew out to the Spanish island to help in the hunt for the 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer from Lancashire who vanished after a night out on holiday, in a case which has gripped the world.

Mr Fahim said the situation had become “horrific” after he received a terrifying cryptic warning on social media, which read: “Be careful people are going to find you at the airport take extra care. He said he would love to get hold of you.”

My colleague Barney Davis has the full story:

TikToker lived off Doritos while scouring Tenerife searching for missing Jay Slater

Lucy Law shares new photo of missing Jay Slater

06:30 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater’s friend, Lucy Law, has shared a new image of the pair as the investigation into the teenager’s disappearance nears the three-week mark.

Lucy is thought to be the last person to have spoken to Jay, shared an image of them both to her Instagram with a tearful emoji and heart.

The Lancashire apprentice bricklayer called Lucy at around 8:50am when he told her he was lost in the Rural de Teno park, needed a drink of water and his phone was on one per cent battery.

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(Instagram)

‘We ain’t drug mules’ Jay Slater’s friend hits back at trolls

05:00 , Athena Stavrou

Brad Hargreaves travelled out with Jay Slater to Tenerife to attend the NRG music festival – and has found himself the subject of internet trolls.

In response, he wrote a message on Instagram in which he hit out at the conspiracy theories circulating.

“Thinkin I’m involved in it all is beyond me,” he wrote.

“We’ve been mates for years, came on our first holiday together and unfortunately this has happened.

“We ain’t drug mules or whatever…. people need to know the facts before talking sh** on the internet…”

 (This Morning) (This Morning)

(This Morning)

Jay Slater could still be alive surviving off ‘rainwater and plants’, private investigator suggests

03:30 , Athena Stavrou

A private investigator has urged Jay Slater’s family “not to give up hope” as he suggests he could still be alive drinking “rainwater” and eating “plants”.

Juan García, an army reservist and private investigator, says he has been in touch with Jay Slater’s family and told The Times: “Two weeks is too premature to end the search.

“[Slater] could be alive somewhere — someone can drink from rainwater and eat plants. The family should not give up hope.”

Firefighters search near to the village of Masca, Tenerife (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)Firefighters search near to the village of Masca, Tenerife (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)

Firefighters search near to the village of Masca, Tenerife (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)

Jay Slater’s family allowed to use own search teams – reports

02:00 , Athena Stavrou

Spanish authorities have reportedly given Jay Slater’s family permission to use their own search teams as the investigation into his disappearance nears the three-week mark.

Police called off the search for Mr Slater last Sunday having spent 13 days searching for the 19-year-old.

The investigation remains open and Jay’s family have vowed to stay on the island to continue the search. They have raised over £50,000 through a GoFundMe and have said they want to use the money to pay got specialist search teams.

Now, the Guardia Civil have told Sky News that search teams can come and help “without any problem” but must notify authorities for “good management of information and resources”.

They said they have not yet received a request.

Everything we know about Jay Slater missing in Tenerife

Sunday 7 July 2024 00:30 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, was last heard from on Monday, 17 June, as he told a friend he planned to walk back to his accommodation after missing a bus, a journey expected to take around 11 hours on foot.

He had travelled to the tourist hotspot with friends to attend the music festival in Playa de Las Americas in what was his first holiday without his family.

Here we look at everything we know about the case:

Jay Slater: Everything we know about the Briton missing in Tenerife

‘We don’t need hikers, we need experts’ – Jay Slater’s mother

Saturday 6 July 2024 22:00 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater’s mother was asked about the efforts of TikToker and keen hiker, Callum Fahim, who has been out searching on the island for any trace of the 19-year-old.

He attracted international attention when Mr Slater’s mother, Debbie Duncan, named him as one of the people she would be giving some money from the GoFundMe donations to.

But speaking to Sky News, Ms Duncan said they wanted to save the funds to pay for specialist search and rescue teams likely to cost thousands of pounds.

She said: “We appreciate every single person who’s come out. He’s a hiker. We don’t need hikers, we need experts.”

‘I’ve been living off BBQ Doritos and Appletisers’

Saturday 6 July 2024 21:00 , Athena Stavrou

With some still searching for Jay Slater in Tenerife, we spoke to TikToker and hiker Callum Fahim, who has been on his own personal search for the past two weeks.

“The most sleep I’ve had is about two hours because I have to plan all the routes overnight,” he said.

“I haven’t been able to eat properly; I’ve been living off BBQ Doritos and Appletisers.

Read Barney Davis’ interview here:

TikToker lived off Doritos while scouring Tenerife searching for missing Jay Slater

The vanished of Tenerife: Other people who disappeared on the island where Jay Slater went missing

Saturday 6 July 2024 20:00 , Athena Stavrou

Tourists looking for an easygoing, fun holiday in the sun have headed to the island of Tenerife for decades.

From the party vibes of the neon-lit strip of Playa De Las Americas to the spiritual hikes across cacti-infested ravines in the heat, there is something for everyone.

But with its rocky cliff faces and harsh terrain, the island also has a dangerous side with completely inaccessible areas.

My colleague Barney Davis has the full story:

Tenerife’s missing: Other people who vanished on island where Jay Slater disappeared

Missing Persons Tenerife group swells as Jay Slater search captures national zeitgeist

Saturday 6 July 2024 19:00 , Athena Stavrou

The Missing Persons Tenerife Facebook Group has swollen from 340 members to almost 8,000 in a fortnight.

Most, but not all of those joining are British nationals, some of whom are worried about their safety in visiting Tenerife, as well as those having an interest in the Jay Slater case.

Its admin Deborah Clarke-Topper said the spike meant other historical missing persons cases are gaining attention.

She told The Independent: “It is clear that the coverage of the case is building a perception that Tenerife is not a safe destination, and that the police do not act as favourably toward Britons on holiday as they would their own citizens.

“However, I am sure that the Spanish police are extremely earnest in their investigation and reaching a conclusion to it is what they want, regardless of the nationality of the missing person. As long as the case remains unresoved there will be negative perception on the safety of holiday makers.”

TikToker searching for Jay Slater who quit because he ‘didn’t feel safe’ in Tenerife ‘didn’t want to fail’

Saturday 6 July 2024 18:00 , Athena Stavrou

A TikToker flew back to London following his two-week search of Tenerife for missing Jay Slater because he claimed he no longer felt safe on the party island.

But sick trolls were waiting for Callum Fahim as he touched down in the capital on Thursday after tracking his flight number from his livestreams online.

The keen hiker flew out to the Spanish island to help in the hunt for the 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer from Lancashire who vanished after a night out on holiday, in a case which has gripped the world.

Mr Fahim said the situation had become “horrific” after he received a terrifying cryptic warning on social media, which read: “Be careful people are going to find you at the airport take extra care. He said he would love to get hold of you.”

My colleague Barney Davis has the full story:

TikToker searching for Jay Slater quit because he ‘didn’t feel safe’ in Tenerife

Lucy Law shares new photo of missing Jay Slater

Saturday 6 July 2024 17:00 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater’s friend, Lucy Law, has shared a new image of the pair as the investigation into the teenager’s disappearance nears the three-week mark.

Lucy is thought to be the last person to have spoken to Jay, shared an image of them both to her Instagram with a tearful emoji and heart.

The Lancashire apprentice bricklayer called Lucy at around 8:50am when he told her he was lost in the Rural de Teno park, needed a drink of water and his phone was on one per cent battery.

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Jay Slater’s father and brother resume search

Saturday 6 July 2024 16:00 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater’s father and brother have been seen continuing their search for the missing 19-year-old in Tenerife’s Rural de Teno park.

The Mail Online reported that Warren and Zak Slater returned to the gorge his phone was last located to with a small team of seven local hikers and a dog.

They searched for four hours in 25C heat.

ICYMI: Man who’s AirBnb Jay Slater went to speaks out

Saturday 6 July 2024 15:00 , Athena Stavrou

The man who invited Jay Slater back to his AirBnb before he disappeared has broken his silence.

The 19-year-old went missing after he left the holiday accommodation early on Monday morning to catch a bus back towards his own accommodation on the other side of the island.

Ayub Qassim invited Jay back to the remote holiday cottage near the village of Masca after a night out in Playa de las Americas.

“He came to my Airbnb alive and he left my Airbnb alive,” he told the MailOnline.

He added: “I let the geezer stay at mine because he had nowhere else to go, his friends had all left him. I know Jay, through friends, I’m not going to bring someone back to mine if I don’t know them.

“I’m doing the geezer a favour and now my face is all over the news. It’s a bit mental. I haven’t even done anything.”

He insisted they had no argument and he had even given Jay a blanket to sleep in. He and his friend – who was also staying at the AirBnb – extended their trip for a day to speak with police before travelling back to the UK.

Spanish police have described the pair as “irrelevant” to the investigation.

‘A very popular young man with a large circle of friends’

Saturday 6 July 2024 14:00 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater’s mother, Debbie Duncan, revealed more about her son as she issued a statement through British overseas missing persons charity LBT Global this week.

She said: “My son, Jay Dean Slater, came to the holiday island of Tenerife on 13 June with his friend to attend a music festival. On 17 June after not returning to his apartment he was reported as a missing person.

“Jay is a normal guy who is in his third year of an apprenticeship, and he is a very popular young man with a large circle of friends.

“We are a very close family and are absolutely devastated about his disappearance. Words cannot describe the pain and agony we are experiencing. He is our beautiful boy with his whole life ahead of him and we just want to find him.”

 (LBT GLOBAL / Family) (LBT GLOBAL / Family)

(LBT GLOBAL / Family)

Women’s clothes amongst ‘eerie signs of signs of life’ found at ravine near Jay Slater search

Saturday 6 July 2024 13:59 , Athena Stavrou

“Eerie signs of life” have been spotted near the ravine near where Jay Slater went missing in Tenerife.

When the apprentice bricklayer went missing on the morning of June 17, a huge search was launched in the remote Rural de Teno national park.

After embarking on an 11-hour hike back to his accommodation, the 19-year-old’s phone last location was recorded near a ravine in the challenging terrain.

On Thursday, Mail+ reporters visited the ravine and found: “Shoelaces tied with twigs to form haunting symbols like something out of a horror film, empty water bottles, and — most strange of all — a set of clean women’s clothes.”

Jay Slater could still be alive surviving off ‘rainwater and plants’, private investigator suggests

Saturday 6 July 2024 13:00 , Athena Stavrou

A private investigator has urged Jay Slater’s family “not to give up hope” as he suggests he could still be alive drinking “rainwater” and eating “plants”.

Juan García, an army reservist and private investigator, says he has been in touch with Jay Slater’s family and told The Times: “Two weeks is too premature to end the search.

“[Slater] could be alive somewhere — someone can drink from rainwater and eat plants. The family should not give up hope.”

A Spanish police officer looks over the village of Masca, Tenerife, during the search for missing British teenager Jay Slater (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)A Spanish police officer looks over the village of Masca, Tenerife, during the search for missing British teenager Jay Slater (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)

A Spanish police officer looks over the village of Masca, Tenerife, during the search for missing British teenager Jay Slater (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)

Jay knew men whose AirBnb he went back to ‘through friends’

Saturday 6 July 2024 12:15 , Athena Stavrou

The man who’s AirBnb Jay Slater visited before disappearing said they knew each other through friends.

Ayub Qassim is believed to be one of two men who invited Jay Slater back to their holiday accommodation in Masca in the early hours of Monday morning.

Jay left the Airbnb at around 8am but having missed the bus back down to his own accommodation in Playa de Las Americas, he attempted an 11 hour journey through the remote and challenging terrain of Rural de Teno park.

Mr Qassim said Jay left the house “alive” and said he knew Jay “through friends”.

“I know Jay, through friends, I’m not going to bring someone back to mine if I don’t know them,” he told the MailOnline. “I don’t know if he had beef elsewhere because I don’t know him that well, I only know him through friends.”

He added: “He’s a cool guy, Jay. He ain’t got a problem with me, I haven’t got a problem with him or his mates. We just all talk to each other and everything was sweet.”

Friends told Jay Slater ‘head back to AirBnb’ before disappearance

Saturday 6 July 2024 11:30 , Athena Stavrou

A TV detective investigating Jay Slater’s disappearance has said the teenager was told by friends to head back to an AirBnB where he had stayed the night before he went missing.

Mark Williams-Thomas – who also investigated Nicola Bulley’s disappearance – has been assisting Jay’s family in their search for the 19-year-old in Tenerife.

Jay seemingly left the Veronica’s party strip in the south of the island in the early hours of Monday morning with two men he had met, before taking an hour-long drive to

They travelled an hours drive back to their holiday accommodation in Masca, which Jay left several hours later and having missed the bus, attempted to walk 11 hours back towards his own accommodation.

Mr Williams-Thomas highlighted Jay’s strange decision to embark on the walk through challenging terrain rather than return to the AirBnb.

He said: “He was told to go back to the rental. He said he could not do that and that he had already been walking 30 minutes and that he was now off the road and walking on a track, where there were loose stones.”

‘We ain’t drug mules’ Jay Slater’s friend hits back at trolls

Saturday 6 July 2024 10:52 , Athena Stavrou

Brad Hargreaves travelled out with Jay Slater to Tenerife to attend the NRG music festival – and has found himself the subject of internet trolls.

In response, he wrote a message on Instagram in which he hit out at the conspiracy theories circulating.

“Thinkin I’m involved in it all is beyond me,” he wrote.

“We’ve been mates for years, came on our first holiday together and unfortunately this has happened.

“We ain’t drug mules or whatever…. peple need to know the facts before talking sh** on the internet…”

 (This Morning) (This Morning)

(This Morning)

Jay Slater’s family allowed to use own search teams – reports

Saturday 6 July 2024 09:42 , Athena Stavrou

Spanish authorities have reportedly given Jay Slater’s family permission to use their own search teams as the investigation into his disappearance nears the three-week mark.

Police called off the search for Mr Slater last Sunday having spent 13 days searching for the 19-year-old.

The investigation remains open and Jay’s family have vowed to stay on the island to continue the search. They have raised over £50,000 through a GoFundMe and have said they want to use the money to pay got specialist search teams.

Now, the Guardia Civil have told Sky News that search teams can come and help “without any problem” but must notify authorities for “good management of information and resources”.

They said they have not yet received a request.

GoFundMe reaches £50,000

Saturday 6 July 2024 09:17 , Athena Stavrou

The fundraiser launched for Jay Slater has surpassed £50,000 of donations.

Over 4,000 donations have been made to the GoFundMe, which was launched by Jay’s friend Lucy Law who was the last person to speak to him.

His mother, Debbie Duncan, has said the money will be used to help the family remain in Tenerife to continue the search.

Lucy Law shares new photo of missing Jay Slater

Saturday 6 July 2024 09:14 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater’s friend, Lucy Law, has shared a new image of the pair as the investigation into the teenager’s disappearance nears the three-week mark.

Lucy is thought to be the last person to have spoken to Jay, shared an image of them both to her Instagram with a tearful emoji and heart.

The Lancashire apprentice bricklayer called Lucy at around 8:50am when he told her he was lost in the Rural de Teno park, needed a drink of water and his phone was on one per cent battery.

 (Instagram) (Instagram)

(Instagram)

The horrifying cruelty of social media

Saturday 6 July 2024 06:00 , Alex Ross

As internet trolls trigger a response from both Jay Slater’s mother and brother, we take a look at the dark side to social media.

Jay Slater’s disappearance has exposed the horrifying cruelty of social media

‘A very popular young man with a large circle of friends’

Saturday 6 July 2024 03:00 , Alex Ross

Jay Slater’s mother, Debbie Duncan, revealed more about her son as she issued a statement through British overseas missing persons charity LBT Global this week.

She said: “My son, Jay Dean Slater, came to the holiday island of Tenerife on 13 June with his friend to attend a music festival. On 17 June after not returning to his apartment he was reported as a missing person.

“Jay is a normal guy who is in his third year of an apprenticeship, and he is a very popular young man with a large circle of friends.

“We are a very close family and are absolutely devastated about his disappearance. Words cannot describe the pain and agony we are experiencing. He is our beautiful boy with his whole life ahead of him and we just want to find him.”

Jay Slater went missing on the Spanish island last month (family handout/LBT Global/PA) (PA Media)Jay Slater went missing on the Spanish island last month (family handout/LBT Global/PA) (PA Media)

Jay Slater went missing on the Spanish island last month (family handout/LBT Global/PA) (PA Media)

Everything we know about Jay Slater missing in Tenerife

Saturday 6 July 2024 01:00 , Alex Ross

Jay Slater, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, was last heard from on Monday, 17 June, as he told a friend he planned to walk back to his accommodation after missing a bus, a journey expected to take around 11 hours on foot.

He had travelled to the tourist hotspot with friends to attend the music festival in Playa de Las Americas in what was his first holiday without his family.

Here we look at everything we know about the case

Jay Slater: Everything we know about the Briton missing in Tenerife

The official fundraiser for Jay Slater’s family has hit £50,000

Friday 5 July 2024 22:33 , Barney Davis

 (GoFundMe) (GoFundMe)

(GoFundMe)

Jay’s friend Lucy Mae Law shares new photo

Friday 5 July 2024 22:00 , Alex Ross

The last person to hear from Jay Slater was his friend Lucy Law who having not spoken about the case publicly for two weeks shared a picture of her with the teenager on Instagram.

Lucy had been with Jay at the NRG rave festival, but left early, with Jay staying on after meeting two British men. He later stayed at their AirBnb in the remote Masca valley but left their accommodation at around 8am to travel home.

Ms Law was the last to hear from the teenager when he called her at 8.50am on Monday.

Jay Slater’s mother ‘thanks local search crews’

Friday 5 July 2024 21:11 , Barney Davis

Jay Slater’s mother has thanked a local hiking group who have been helping search for her missing son.

A message on an official Facebook group reads: “Debbie and family would like to thank the local hiking group who have worked tirelessly planning routes and searching for Jay they are extremely overwhelmed with the kindness of them all.

“Thank you.”

‘We ain’t drug mules’ Jay Slater’s friend hits back at trolls

Friday 5 July 2024 20:00 , Alex Ross

Brad Hargreaves travelled out with Jay Slater to Tenerife to attend the NRG music festival – and has found himself the subject of internet trolls.

In response, he wrote a message on Instagram in which he hit out at the conspiracy theories circulating.

“Thinkin I’m involved in it all is beyond me,” hr wrote.

“We’ve been mates for years, came on our first holiday together and unfortunately this has happened.

“We ain’t drug mules or whatever…. peple need to know the facts before talking sh** on the internet…”

Search teams can come ‘without any problem’ – The Guardia Civil

Friday 5 July 2024 17:00 , Alex Ross

Search and rescue teams coming to Tenerife following the vanishing of Jay Slater can come “without any problem”, said the Guardia Civil.

But they must notifiy the authority “for good management of information and resources”, according to Sky News.

Guardia Civil has also said they have not yet had a request from a search team.

TikToker and hiker Callum Fahim back home in London

Friday 5 July 2024 15:41 , Alex Ross

We’ve spoken to TikToker and hiker Callum Fahim, who flew out to Tenerife to support Jay Slater’s mother in the search for her 19-year-old son.

He received money from Debbie Duncan for accommodation, but has now ended his search and is now back at home in London.

Callum Fahim has returned home after searching for Jay Slater in Tenerife (Callum Fahim)Callum Fahim has returned home after searching for Jay Slater in Tenerife (Callum Fahim)

Callum Fahim has returned home after searching for Jay Slater in Tenerife (Callum Fahim)

What was going through mind of Jay Slater?

Friday 5 July 2024 13:56 , Alex Ross

TikToker and keen hiker Callum Fahim has been out in Tenerife searching for Jay Slater.

He got involved after seeing the appeals online and wanting to offer help to the family.

Mr Slater had gone to stay with two people he had met at the NRG music festival and, having missed the bus back on the morning of 17 June, embarked on what would have been an 11-hour walk back to his accommodation.

Asked if searching helped him understand what was going through the missing teenager’s mind, Mr Fahim said: “Truthfully coming up that mountain as you get up further it gets hot, the air gets really thin and you struggle to breathe, then it turns hot then cold then hot again.

“It makes you think you’re really ill – like you have some horrendous fever.

“I don’t think personally without transport or a phone you could make it up here. You go into the middle of it the road vanishes and all you can see is the volcano.

“I would be confused if I didn’t know where I was going. I’m not scared. I always say, ‘I look a little soft but I can handle myself 100%.’”

‘We don’t need hikers, we need experts’ – Jay Slater’s mother

Friday 5 July 2024 12:37 , Alex Ross

Jay Slater’s mother was asked about the efforts of TikToker and keen hiker, Callum Fahim, who has been out searching on the island for any trace of the 19-year-old.

He attracted international attention when Mr Slater’s mother, Debbie Duncan, named him as one of the people she would be giving some money from the GoFundMe donations to.

But speaking to Sky News, Ms Duncan said they wanted to save the funds to pay for specialist search and rescue teams likely to cost thousands of pounds.

She said: “We appreciate every single person who’s come out. He’s a hiker. We don’t need hikers, we need experts.”

Callum Fahim has been out searching for Jay Slater in Tenerife (Callum Fahim)Callum Fahim has been out searching for Jay Slater in Tenerife (Callum Fahim)

Callum Fahim has been out searching for Jay Slater in Tenerife (Callum Fahim)

GoFundMe – where donations will go

Friday 5 July 2024 11:40 , Alex Ross

In a statement on the GoFundMe appeal Get Jay Slater Home, which had raised almost £50,000, Jay’s mother Debbie Duncan thanked the “vast” generosity of donors, saying her family are “grateful for all of your support and kindness during this unimaginable time”.

Ms Duncan wrote that part of the funds will be used to support volunteers hunting for Mr Slater in the mountains near to where his last phone call was traced.

She went on: “We are currently looking after Paul Arnett, putting together a package of any equipment and essentials he needs and going up to do a drop for him.

“We are also supporting Callum Fahim and his group with accommodation and other essentials.”

Debbie Duncan is continuing to give updates on the saerch (PA/ITN)Debbie Duncan is continuing to give updates on the saerch (PA/ITN)

Debbie Duncan is continuing to give updates on the saerch (PA/ITN)

What else did Jay Slater’s mother say in her Facebook post

Friday 5 July 2024 11:25 , Alex Ross

“I feel the need to post this to your group and then I shall remove myself. I joined this group to share the positivity and love from the British public. It seems through no fault of my own you have all decided to make up your own minds. It is really sad I have felt the need to do this. My beautiful son Jay is still missing and believe me this is no holiday.

“He came on his first holiday to Tenerife to attend the NRG music event. What mystery surrounding his disappearance may never surface. We as a family are truly devastated. I did not ask for publicity from the start and was not aware that the first missing poster had my telephone number on it.

“It should have had the SOS Guardia Civil but like I say this was out of my control.

“Whatever decision you have in your minds I cannot control this either. We are a normal working family from Lancashire going through hell. I would like to thank the genuine people for their love and support at this difficult time and to continue to pray for Jay to be found.”

Jay’s mother hits back at trolls

Friday 5 July 2024 10:03 , Alex Ross

Last week, the mother of missing Briton Jay Slater said donations reaching almost £50,000 will be used to support volunteers helping to find her son in Tenerife.

Debbie Duncan wrote that part of the funds will be used to support volunteers hunting for Mr Slater in the mountains near to where his last phone call was traced.

But it appears she’s come under attack from trolls over the spending.

In response, in a Facebook post posted on an official Facebook page for the search, she said: “It seems through no fault of my own you have all decided to make up your own minds.

“It is really sad I have felt the need to do this. My beautiful son Jay is still missing and believe me this is no holiday. He came on his first holiday to Tenerife to attend the NRG music event.

“We as a family are truly devastated.”

She added: “For those of you who are more concerned around the GoFundMe page I can assure you that up to now it has not been used and our stay up to now has been financed by ourselves.

“I do have proof of transactions and transfers to other persons but I should not have to justify this. So you can make up your own minds.”

Debbie Duncan with Jay Slater (Supplied)Debbie Duncan with Jay Slater (Supplied)

Debbie Duncan with Jay Slater (Supplied)

‘ I’ve been living off BBQ Doritos and Appletisers’

Friday 5 July 2024 08:36 , Alex Ross

With some still searching for Jay Slater in Tenerife, we spoke to one, TikToker and hiker Callum Fahim, who has been on his own personal search for the past two weeks.

“The most sleep I’ve had is about two hours because I have to plan all the routes overnight,” he said.

“I haven’t been able to eat properly; I’ve been living off BBQ Doritos and Appletisers.

Read Barney Davis’ interview here:

TikToker lived off Doritos while scouring Tenerife searching for missing Jay Slater

Full story: Jay Slater could still be alive ‘drinking rainwater and eating plants’, detective says

Friday 5 July 2024 07:00 , Athena Stavrou

A private investigator has urged Jay Slater’s family “not to give up hope”, claiming the missing teenager could still be alive “drinking rainwater and eating plants”.

The 19-year-old from Lancashire has not been seen or heard from since hedisappeared on the morning of June 17 in Tenerife’s Rural de Teno national park.

His disappearance sparked huge national interest and a huge search operation but following a gruelling 13-day search, the Spanish Civil Guard called off its operation on Sunday.

However, private investigator and army reservist Juan García, 53, said that it was too early to halt the search.

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Jay Slater could still be alive ‘drinking rainwater’, detective says

Jay Slater’s dad wonders if son was making his way to sea

Friday 5 July 2024 06:00 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater’s father Warren, 58, has been searching a trail at Jay’s last known location at Rural de Teno Park on Wednesday.

Asked if he thinks Jay may have been heading towards the sea, which was visible in the distance, Warren told the Manchester Evening News: “Maybe”.

“I’ve done this trail now twice. Every step I’ve took there’s been an opening. If you land on one of those cactus’ you’re not moving. Surely somebody’s gonna find you after two weeks.”

Speaking about the area below him, he said: “It’s hundreds of square feet of this little bushy stuff. You can’t explain this to somebody unless they see it. You can take a photograph or film it, but until you’re here…”.

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Jay knew men whose AirBnb he went back to ‘through friends’

Friday 5 July 2024 05:00 , Athena Stavrou

The man whose AirBnb Jay Slater visited before disappearing said they knew each other through friends.

Ayub Qassim is believed to be one of two men who invited Jay Slater back to their holiday accommodation in Masca in the early hours of Monday morning.

Jay left the Airbnb at around 8am but having missed the bus back down to his own accommodation in Playa de Las Americas, he attempted an 11 hour journey through the remote and challenging terrain of Rural de Teno park.

Mr Qassim said Jay left the house “alive” and said he knew Jay “through friends”.

“I know Jay, through friends, I’m not going to bring someone back to mine if I don’t know them,” he told the MailOnline. “I don’t know if he had beef elsewhere because I don’t know him that well, I only know him through friends.”

He added: “He’s a cool guy, Jay. He ain’t got a problem with me, I haven’t got a problem with him or his mates. We just all talk to each other and everything was sweet.”

Forensic officers spotted inside AirBnb rental property

Friday 5 July 2024 03:30 , Athena Stavrou

Forensic officers were spotted at the AirBnb in Masca on Tuesday, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Two police officers were seen inside the holiday rental apartment where Jay stayed the night before his disappearance. The men, who were both wearing plain clothes, exited the property shortly after 11am wearing forensic style blue slip-ons over their shoes.

They were then seen taking the slip-ons off before speaking to a local, who had let them into the property with a key.

The Airbnb Casa Abuela Tina in Masca which Jay Slater travelled to (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)The Airbnb Casa Abuela Tina in Masca which Jay Slater travelled to (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)

The Airbnb Casa Abuela Tina in Masca which Jay Slater travelled to (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)

Friends told Jay Slater ‘head back to AirBnb’ before disappearance

Friday 5 July 2024 02:00 , Athena Stavrou

A TV detective investigating Jay Slater’s dissapearance has said the teenager was told by friends to head back to an AirBnB where he had stayed the night before he went missing.

Mark Williams-Thomas – who also investigated Nicola Bulley’s disappearance – has been assisting Jay’s family in their search for the 19-year-old in Tenerife.

Jay seemingly left the Veronica’s party strip in the south of the island in the early hours of Monday morning with two men he had met, before taking an hour-long drive to

They travelled an hours drive back to their holiday accommodation in Masca, which Jay left several hours later and having missed the bus, attempted to walk 11 hours back towards his own accommodation.

Mr Williams-Thomas highlighted Jay’s strange decision to embark on the walk through challenging terrain rather than return to the AirBnb.

He said: “He was told to go back to the rental. He said he could not do that and that he had already been walking 30 minutes and that he was now off the road and walking on a track, where there were loose stones.”

The vanished of Tenerife: Other people who disappeared on the island where Jay Slater went missing

Friday 5 July 2024 01:00 , Athena Stavrou

Tourists looking for an easygoing, fun holiday in the sun have headed to the island of Tenerife for decades.

From the party vibes of the neon-lit strip of Playa De Las Americas to the spiritual hikes across cacti-infested ravines in the heat, there is something for everyone.

But with its rocky cliff faces and harsh terrain, the island also has a dangerous side with completely inaccessible areas.

My colleague Barney Davis reports:

Tenerife’s missing: Other people who vanished on island where Jay Slater disappeared

‘Sunglasses could be vital clue in hunt for Jay Slater’

Thursday 4 July 2024 21:30 , Athena Stavrou

The Daily Mail’s Nick Pisa said he had spoken to a man who had “found a pair of sunglasses” on the gorge, and had handed them in to the police.

Pisa explained to GB News: “I’ve now spoken to an ex-British Army officer who found some sunglasses up there. He was asked not to put them in a plastic bag because of humidity, but to wrap them up in tissue paper, which he did.

“He handed them in and he had to give DNA and his fingerprints. The question is, are they connected to Jay?”

An appeal poster for Jay Slater, 19, who went missing during a holiday in Tenerife (Family handout) (PA Media)An appeal poster for Jay Slater, 19, who went missing during a holiday in Tenerife (Family handout) (PA Media)

An appeal poster for Jay Slater, 19, who went missing during a holiday in Tenerife (Family handout) (PA Media)

Missing Persons Tenerife group swells as Jay Slater search captures national zeitgeist

Thursday 4 July 2024 20:30 , Athena Stavrou

The Missing Persons Tenerife Facebook Group has swollen from 340 members to almost 8,000 in a fortnight.

Most, but not all of those joining are British nationals, some of whom are worried about their safety in visiting Tenerife, as well as those having an interest in the Jay Slater case.

Its admin Deborah Clarke-Topper said the spike meant other historical missing persons cases are gaining attention.

She told The Independent: “It is clear that the coverage of the case is building a perception that Tenerife is not a safe destination, and that the police do not act as favourably toward Britons on holiday as they would their own citizens.

“However, I am sure that the Spanish police are extremely earnest in their investigation and reaching a conclusion to it is what they want, regardless of the nationality of the missing person. As long as the case remains unresoved there will be negative perception on the safety of holiday makers.”

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