Family of missing Jay Slater shares distressing update on Tenerife search efforts

The Slater family have been conducting their own search of the area
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Jay Slater's mother has provided an update on the GoFundMe page dedicated to finding her son, expressing gratitude for the ongoing support and detailing the latest search efforts - and a problem.

In a recent heartfelt message, Jay's family maintained their "holding on to hope" stance as they initiated a new search for the 19 year old who disappeared in Tenerife. Jay's father and brother, along with 10 volunteers, braved the intense 25C heat to comb through the rugged terrain of Barranco de Juan Lopez Valley, close to Masca village where Jay was last seen.

Debbie Slater, Jay's mother, took to the fundraising platform last night to thank everyone involved and to highlight a significant obstacle that could impede the search operations.

On the GoFundMe page, Debbie expressed: "We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and support we have received and would like to thank the local hiking group for all of their help planning the routes to find our Jay. We have been contacted by a wonderful group of locals who have volunteered to continue the search. While they don't wish to accept financial help for their search, we will be supporting them with supplies and are so grateful for their willingness to help."

Debbie stated that while she continues to receive offers of assistance from experienced search and rescue organisations, Spanish laws unfortunately mandate that they must approve this assistance. The response from Spanish authorities to these requests remains unclear according to Debbie's remarks, reports the Mirror.

She further clarified: "We also continue to be contacted by experienced groups offering to support our search. We are busy talking to them about what they can do to assist. But in order for us to employ their help, they need to have permission from the Spanish authorities."

"We will be sure to keep you all updated on our progress and are so grateful for your continued support to bring our boy home. Please keep sharing and supporting our fundraiser however you can."

This past Friday, Jay's uncle Glen Duncan, 41, decided to join the search efforts for his nephew who has been missing for almost three weeks now. Describing the anguish, he confessed it was "just torture" every day for the family as they eagerly wait for any news of Jay.

He reported: "We've just been out with some Spanish volunteers. They've been through it by foot and the dogs, there's obviously been areas searched by helicopter and drones. For me, he's not up here. That's what I get the impression of."

He expressed his frustration with the lack of communication from local police, stating: "Who knows what the police are doing out here, who knows? They're not really in touch, it's all a bit sketchy. They don't give anything away. I was close to Jay. He was just a typical, great young lad with a massive circle of friends who loved the good time. He was looking forward to coming here. First lads holiday, we've all been there, haven't we?".

He continued to express hope for his nephew's safe return: "We're still holding onto hope - we have to because we don't know. He's not been found so you've got to cling on. I'm sure Madeleine McCann's parents still cling to that hope, that she's somewhere on the other side of the world 20 years later. She's never been found and there's no proof of whatever has happened to her. It's so treacherous down there. Look at the state of me. I'm not a climber, I'm not a hiker."

He also described the difficulty of the terrain where his nephew disappeared: "It's so easy to get lost down there. There was a group of us and you can't see anybody. It got to a point where I wasn't even looking for my nephew, I was just trying to find my own way out to safety. If he has wandered off I just can't see how he would wander all the way down there. When you're lost you stick to a path. I don't know if he was afraid of someone or something."