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

Jay Slater
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A new theory has shed light on why missing British teenager Jay Slater's phone may have 'pinged' in a remote area in Tenerife.

The 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer has not been seen since disappearing on the island on June 17 after attending a music festival with friends - sparking a major search which was recently called off by local authorities.

Before ending the search, police and specialist teams were combing a remote and mountainous area where Jay's phone led them using GPS coordinates.

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However, a local journalist in Tenerife, who spoke with a former British Army Officer, was told the area being searched was hazardous and covered in undergrowth - casting doubt on whether or not Jay was ever in the area.

As Chronicle Live reports, Jay embarked on a perilous 11-hour walk to make it back to his accommodation when he was last seen and rang one of his friends before his phone ran out of battery.

Jay's family and friends continue to search the island for him as Nick Pisa, a journalist covering the case spoke with Spanish police and investigators before proposing a new theory on why Jay's phone last pinged in the hazardous mountainous region.

It has been suggested to Nick that Jay's phone may have been discarded in the area after it was revealed how remote and difficult to access the search area is. Informing GB News, Nick said: "We're not obviously being kept up to speed, but [the former officer] did tell me 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."

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Missing Jay Slater -Credit:Instagram

"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."

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.

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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'."

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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."