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

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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.

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 thirsty 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, reports the Manchester Evening News.

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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."

The Mirror reports a chilling discovery by the Mail of what appears to be remnants of human activity in a desolate ravine, including "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."

TikTok influencer and keen mountaineer Paul Arnott, who has been actively involved in the search for missing Jay in Tenerife, came across a potentially crucial clue on Monday. The 29 year old, who is working closely with Jay's heartbroken mother Debbie and keeping in constant touch with the family, suggested that a pair of damaged sunglasses found could be a significant piece of evidence.

In a recent TikTok update, Mr Arnott stated: "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."

Warren, Jay's father, had previously voiced his worries about the dangers of the family conducting their own searches in the perilous ravine, highlighting "how dangerous it is". He commented: "These are big mountains, the terrain is dangerous", and also said: "It's tough, it's hard."

Despite the Civil Guard calling off their official search, the family remains determined to continue their quest to find Jay.

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

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