Chilling new theory emerges in the hunt for missing Jay Slater in Tenerife

Jay Slater
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A fresh theory has surfaced regarding the location of Jay Slater, which could shed light on his phone's GPS coordinates.

Jay Slater, a 19 year old apprentice bricklayer, vanished on June 17 in a remote part of Tenerife and remains missing after an 18-day search. The Lancashire teenager disappeared while on a three-day music festival holiday with friends, departing early Monday morning to head to a secluded Airbnb with two other festival-goers.

After missing the day's first bus, Jay embarked on a perilous 11-hour walk back to his accommodation in the island's south. His phone last 'pinged' in the Parque Rural de Teno nature reserve, prompting Spanish police to concentrate their search there before officially calling it off on Sunday.

However, his family and friends continue to search for him.

Nick Pisa, a journalist covering Jay's case in Tenerife who has spoken with Spanish police and investigators on the ground, has now proposed a new theory that might explain why the teen's phone last pinged in a hazardous mountainous region. After speaking with a former British Army officer, Pisa suggests that Jay's phone may have been discarded, reports the Mirror.

Pisa disclosed that the mobile's GPS signal suggested unusual circumstances, informing GB News: "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."

The journalist also reported that expert climbers are continuing their search efforts with the support of Jay's family, even though the official search by the Civil Guard has concluded. Pisa commented on one climber saying: "I must admit, I've seen him up there several times, and he seems to be the more serious."

Search teams continue to hunt for Jay in the Parque Rural de Teno area close to the village of Masca
Search teams continue to hunt for Jay in the Parque Rural de Teno area close to the village of Masca -Credit:Stan Kujawa

Jay's travelling companion, Lucy Mae Law, who was with him in the Canary Islands, holds the distinction of being among the last to communicate with him; he contacted her roughly at 8am on the day of his disappearance. During the call, Jay informed her of his intent to return to their lodging on foot after missing the bus, mentioning he felt thirsty, was exhausted, had sustained an injury from a cactus to his leg, and was dealing with a rapidly depleting mobile battery only 1 percent remained.

In a conversation on July 18, Lucy described the events leading up to the mystery: "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 woman managed to track down the Airbnb on the day of his disappearance, after deciphering clues in Jay's last Snapchat photo. Upon arrival at the property, she recounted: "We managed to find the house. I knocked on the door and there were two people there."

She found out that Jay had stepped outside for a cigarette before returning and expressing his desire to go home.

Recounting her conversation with the occupants, 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," and noted, "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 hall door."