New chilling Jay Slater theory into teenager's disappearance as ex-Army officer weighs into case

Jay Slater
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A new twist has emerged in the case of missing 19 year old Jay Slater from Lancashire who vanished on June 17 on the Spanish island of Tenerife. Last seen departing an Airbnb in the north near Masca village at about 8am, his mobile phone signal was last detected in the Parque Rural de Teno nature reserve, which became the focal point for the Spanish police's search efforts until they were officially halted on Sunday.

The search continues with the help of family and friends. Nick Pisa, a journalist following the case in Tenerife, after discussions with Spanish authorities and local investigators, has brought to light a fresh theory regarding why Slater's phone signalled from a treacherous mountain area. Speaking with an ex-British Army officer, Pisa now suspects that the phone might have been thrown, as reported by the Mirror.

According to Pisa, the location indicated by the phone's GPS would only make sense "if the phone was thrown" into the difficult terrain. On GB News, he explained: "We're not obviously being kept up to speed, but [the former officer] did tell me that he thought where the ping came from was rather surprising because it was really steep to get to, and it was covered in undergrowth and cacti."

"He said to get there you'd have to need a machete. Or he suggested, someone had thrown the phone into that growth.", reports the Manchester Evening News.

Pisa disclosed that despite the Civil Guard concluding their official search, expert climbers are continuing their efforts to find Jay with the support of his family. The reporter remarked about one climber: "I must admit, I've seen him up there several times, and he seems to be the more serious."

Lucy Mae Law, a friend who accompanied Jay to the Canary Islands, was among the last to speak with him at approximately 8am on the day he disappeared. He contacted her to say he was walking back to their accommodation after missing the bus, mentioning he was thirsty, tired, had sustained a cut on his leg from a cactus, and his phone battery was down to 1 percent.

In an interview conducted on July 18, Lucy recounted: "He's gone on a night out, he's gone to a friend's house, someone that he has met on holiday. One of the people he has met has hired a car out of here, so he's driven them back to his apartment and Jay has gone there not realising how far away it is. He's ended up out in the middle of nowhere."

"Jay was obviously thinking he would be able to get home from there. But then in the morning he's set off walking, using his Maps on his phone and ended up in the middle of mountains with nothing around. He rang me at about 8 o'clock morning saying his phone was on 1 percent. He said 'I don't know where I am, I need a drink and my phone is about to die'."

The young lady located the Airbnb from where Jay disappeared on the same day, using clues from his final Snapchat image. She spoke to the two individuals still inside the accommodation.

She revealed: "We managed to find the house. I knocked on the door and there were two people there."

The men stated that Jay had left after a cigarette break, expressing his desire to head home.

Lucy added: "They told me he'd spoken to the next-door neighbours and they'd told him there was a bus every 10 minutes back down to Los Cristianos,". "The bus stop was right next to the house. So obviously if he'd gone to get the bus he wouldn't have got lost because it [the stop] was visible from the front door."