Crucial 'reason' Jay Slater's decided not to wait for lift in Tenerife as ex top cop sheds light

Guardia Civil officers prepare to search an area near where Jay went missing
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A TV detective has shed light on the "real reason" Jay Slater didn't wait for a lift from a remote village to his accommodation in Tenerife on the day he disappeared. Mark Williams-Thomas revealed that he interviewed a man named Ayub Qassim, 31, who claimed to have driven Mr Slater to an AirBnB in Masca after meeting him in Playa de las Americas, located in the south of the island.

Ayub Qassim, also known as "Johnny Vegas", recounted that Jay, 19, left the AirBnB alive following a party that took place subsequent to a music festival he had attended.

Jay, hailing from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, was reportedly transported to Masca by Mr Qassim and another individual, both of whom Spanish police have not considered pertinent to their investigation into Jay's disappearance.

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Mr Slater went missing after embarking on a walk back to his lodging in Los Cristianos on June 17. It is surmised that the apprentice bricklayer missed a bus and opted to trek back, a journey estimated to take around 11 hours.

The search for the teenager was called off by Tenerife's Guardia Civil after extensive efforts involving helicopters, drones, and search dogs yielded no results, reports the Express.

Speaking to MailOnline, Mr Williams-Thomas, who is conducting his own investigation separate from the official police efforts, stated that Mr Qassim informed him he had offered to drive Jay back the morning after the party in Playa de las Americas.

L-R: Mark Williams-Thomas and Jay Slater
The search for the teenager was called off by Tenerife's Guardia Civil after extensive efforts involving helicopters, drones, and search dogs yielded no results -Credit:(Image: Rewach/Stan Kujawa/Family handout)

The former Met Police detective disclosed the "real reason" Mr Slater reportedly declined a lift later in the day, stating: "Qassim said to him 'Chill, mate, I'll drop you off later, when I wake up', but he said Jay said, 'Nah, I need some scran, I'm hungry'."

Jay is then said to have informed Mr Qassim that a woman had told him buses to Los Cristianos ran every 10 minutes, to which Mr Qassim allegedly responded there was no bus and said, "Do what you like", before returning to bed.

Mr Williams-Thomas recounted that Mr Qassim remembered next receiving a call from one of Jay's friends, claiming Jay was lying in a ditch having been "bitten by a cactus".

The detective also noted that Mr Qassim did not disclose the identity of the second man who accompanied Jay to Masca and refused to discuss the purported theft of a Rolex watch, which some speculate is connected to Mr Slater's vanishing.

Nearly three weeks after his disappearance, the circumstances of Mr Slater's case remain shrouded in uncertainty. It's reported by MailOnline that Jay's holiday rental was a mere 10-minute journey from the nightclub hosting the music festival afterparty.

In the meantime, Mr Slater's family is said to be urgently appealing for Spanish authorities to utilise drones and additional resources to search Rural de Teno park, where his mobile phone signal was last registered.

A source conveyed to the Sun the family's eagerness for approval to use the advanced search equipment they have pinpointed.

"They've been speaking to experts who have suggested items that could help - things like [radar] tracking gear, drones and kit which can help at night-time too."