'Eerie signs of life' found in ravine where Jay Slater vanished during Tenerife music festival

Civil Guard during their search for Jay Slater
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The desolate ravine where Jay Slater disappeared is both barren and intimidating, yet 'eerie signs of life' have been observed by reporters at the scene. Jay, a 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer, vanished on June 17 while holidaying in the remote Rural de Teno area of Tenerife for a three-day music festival with friends.

The teenager left his companions to stay at a secluded Airbnb with two other festival-goers in the early hours of Monday morning and attempted to walk back to his accommodation later that day, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Embarking on a perilous 11-hour journey on foot, Jay phoned a friend to inform her that his phone battery was down to one percent, he was parched and had injured his leg on a cactus. His mobile last sent a signal from somewhere in the mountainous region near the village of Masca, which became the focus of the Spanish police's search before it was officially called off last Sunday.

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Despite this, Jay's family and friends have persisted in their search, aided by a former British detective, while journalists have recounted their experiences of the "unforgiving" landscape. In an article for MailOnline, reporter Fred Kelly wrote: "Sharp-needled cacti grow higher than a man's head and there's no sound other than the noise of geckos scuttling in the undergrowth and the distant howl of the wind above the ravine."

Uncovering chilling remnants of past human presence, he said: "In a sinister twist, the Mail found eerie signs of life in one of two ruined homesteads in the ravine: shoelaces tied with twigs to form haunting symbols like something out of a horror film, empty water bottles, and - most strange of all - a set of clean women's clothes.", reports the Mirror.

Jay Slater and the area where he went missing
Jay Slater and the area where he went missing -Credit:No credits

TikTok influencer and amateur mountaineer Paul Arnott, who has joined the search for Jay in Tenerife, revealed a potentially significant find on Monday. The 29 year old, supported by Jay's devastated mother Debbie and maintaining regular contact with the family, indicated that a pair of damaged sunglasses, similar to those Jay was known to wear, might be an important lead.

On TikTok, Mr Arnott shared: "Moving forward a lot of new things have come out due to interviews. There are quite a few things I'm gonna chase up today as well. One is a three-word GPS. The other, apart from that, is a pair of sunglasses that were found by a man called Chris, who I'll be meeting up with later today."

Jay's father Warren had previously expressed his concerns about the family searching the treacherous ravine themselves, citing "how dangerous it is". He remarked: "These are big mountains, the terrain is dangerous", and added: "It's tough, it's hard."

Nevertheless, following the Civil Guard's decision to cease their active search, the family has persisted in their efforts to locate him.

Warren commented on Wednesday: "We've been all the way down. We've walked as far as you can until it's too dangerous."

He then added, "This is where his phone last pinged. This was the valley and I've come to the point of no return. We followed the path all the way down the valley. If I had mountain boots on and some ropes I would go for it, but I can't do it in Adidas sandals."