Eight Jay Slater mysteries around disappearance - from 'hostage' message to bus stop riddle

The mysteries about Jay Slater’s Tenerife disappearance have been revealed - from a bus stop riddle to cruel trolls. The 19-year-old, from Lancashire, flew to the island for a music festival in Playa de las Americas, but had moved to the Rural de Teno national park area in the early hours of Monday and has not been heard of since.

The Lancashire teen vanished during his first holiday away with friends, where they attended the three-day NRG music festival in Tenerife. Concern grew when the 19-year-old failed to return to his hotel after leaving the festival with people he had just met.

Jay's last known location was near the mountain village of Masca - an 11-hour walk away from where he and his pals had been staying. Having missed the bus, he said he planned to make the journey by foot.

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False sighting

The search, which includes drones and dogs, has refocussed in the north, around the village of Masca, after police "discounted" information which had taken them south. The Guardia Civil, the island's police force, told the BBC the search had temporarily moved to the Los Cristianos area in the south on Wednesday due to a potential lead.

But the search returned to Rural de Teno in the north-west of the island, where it continues, it said. The operation includes police, mountain rescue teams, firefighters and volunteers. The Guardia Civil said a helicopter launch had been delayed due to the island's weather conditions.

Cruel Snapchat to Jay's mum

Mum Debbie, who has since flown out to the island, said: “It’s a nightmare, it’s just an absolute living nightmare. I wouldn’t wish this on anybody. I just want my baby back. Please, just anybody who can help, just look for him." Debbie says she got a message which read: “Kiss goodbye to your boy, you’re never going to see him again, he owes me a lot of money.”

She said: “Some of the phone calls I’ve been getting have been horrible. I just don’t know why people would want to do things like this. I’ve been getting a lot of prank calls. It’s sickening.”

Bus stop

Jay called pal Lucy the next day to say he had missed the bus home, had cut his leg on a cactus and was lost in a rural area without water.

No sighting

Friend Lucy, who was on holiday with Jay and last saw him leaving the music festival, described his disappearance as “suspicious and weird”. She said: “Jay’s not stupid, it was just before 9am in the morning when he rang me in broad daylight and the area he was in is full of hikers.

“I’ve been up there every day since I got that phone call from Jay that made me panic and so many walkers and other people are up there. It’s secluded but the spot where he last made phone contact with me is near a main road and he would have had the wherewithal to flag someone down, to wave someone down and ask for help.

“There’s something weird going on. It’s suspicious. You’re telling me someone’s not seen him? There’s a restaurant 10 minutes away that he would have seen or walked past. Fair enough, it didn’t open for another two hours but if that were me I would have sat and waited at the restaurant until it opened and as soon as it opened I would have said, ‘Please can you put my phone on charge’ and then I would have rung someone. I would have rung for a taxi. It’s suspicious and it’s weird.”

Kidnap

“There’s something weird going on. It’s suspicious. You’re telling me someone’s not seen him? There’s a restaurant 10 minutes away that he would have seen or walked past," Jay's mum Debbie said.

“Fair enough, it didn’t open for another two hours but if that were me I would have sat and waited at the restaurant until it opened and as soon as it opened I would have said, ‘Please can you put my phone on charge’ and then I would have rung someone. I would have rung for a taxi. It’s suspicious and it’s weird.”

New friends

Jay left the NRG festival with two new pals who had hired a car. The two men said Jay went out for cigarettes before going back to the property and saying he wanted to go home. It’s not known where he would have bought the cigarettes.

Lucy said: “We managed to find the house. I knocked on the door and there were two people there. They told me Jay had spoken to the next door neighbours and they’d told him there was a bus every 10 minutes back down to Los Cristianos.

“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 front door.”

Wrong turn

Speaking with The Sun, Jay's stepdad Andy Watson expressed his fears that Jay could have 'taken a wrong turn' while journeying back. Andy, 63, said: "Jay is very streetwise and he's no mug but if it was dark and he had no touch on his phone he could have gone the wrong way and become more lost than he was."

Leg cut

Pal Lucy told Sky News that Jay had 'cut his leg on a cactus' at the time of their last phone call, and 'didn't know where he was'. A source told Lancashire Live: "The probability the missing man has lost his bearings and could have suffered an accident in unfamiliar terrain doesn't mean other possibilities won't be considered and actively worked on if investigators feel there are sufficient clues to warrant it.

"That said the large search operation that's ongoing suggests the idea this person became disorientated is the likely scenario as far as police are concerned, even if no-one is officially saying so at the moment."