Childhood photos of missing Jay Slater released as search enters crucial day

Jay's brother Zak (right) has shared new pictures of his brother as a youngster amidst the ongoing search
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Photos from the childhood of missing teenager Jay Slater have come to light during an intensive search operation now on its 13th day.

Jay, aged 19, disappeared in Tenerife on the Monday of last week following celebrations with mates on the popular holiday island. The young lad connected with a pair of lads whilst frequenting bars on Sunday evening and ended up travelling with them to a mountain Airbnb, afterwards attempting the formidable 11-hour trek back on his own two feet.

His mate, Lucy Mae Law, got a phone call that fateful Monday morning with Jay explaining he was lost, in dire need of a drink, and his mobile on the brink of dying at 1% battery life. Since then, the apprentice brickie hailing from Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire has been entirely off the radar.

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An extensive search has been mobilised to find him, with noteworthy British investigator Mark Williams-Thomas even travelling to the Canary Isle to offer assistance. Spanish law enforcement officers are combing through tough terrain in the vicinity of the hamlet of Masca, close to Jay's last known position.

In a newly released set of poignant images provided by his family, Jay can be seen in happier times. His sibling, Zak Slater, joined by their mother Debbie Duncan shortly after Jay's disappearance, uploaded a snapshot showing a younger Jay from 2010 cheering for his local footie side, reports the Mirror.

Zak captioned it: "Jay after his first match they won 4-1 against Rose Grove," showing a glimmer of earlier joy amidst the current distress. This update comes as the family this week decided to draw down funds from a GoFundMe page originally set up by Lucy Law for search-related expenses.

Over £40,000 was collected on the platform from 3,500 individual donations. In an update on the GoFundMe page for Jay, Debbie expressed her gratitude and admitted that "it is difficult to wrap our heads around" the frantic search.

She stated: "First, I would like to thank everyone for your support, kind messages, and good wishes. It's difficult to wrap our heads around what is happening right now, but we are not losing hope that we will find Jay and return home together."