Family of missing teen Jay Slater 'devastated' as search gets called off

The family of missing teen Jay Slater has spoken of their devastation after it was announced the search to find him was called off today (June 30). His parents Warren and Debbie, and brother Zak had flown to Tenerife after Jay disappeared while walking back to his holiday accommodation.

The search for the British teen lasted two weeks as drones, sniffer dogs, and a helicopter all tried to locate him, alongside rescue teams. According to The Sun, the family was left stunned by the Spanish police's decision to end the search.

A family source told the newspaper Jay's parents and family are “heartbroken and devastated”. The Spanish authorities announced the search would end but the investigation would remain open this morning.

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This comes after a final push to find Jay yesterday (June 29) as Spanish police called on experienced volunteers to join the search in Masca, where Jay was last seen but only six people volunteered to search the area, BirminghamLive reported.

A Civil Guard spokeswoman said today: “The search operation has now finished although the case remains open.”

Jay had rang friends on the morning he went missing on June 17 to say he was running out of phone battery as he attempted to walk back to their holiday accommodation on the other side of the island from an Air BnB he had stayed at the previous night.

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