Fireman describes 'strange' element in disappearance of Jay Slater in Tenerife

Fireman Riccardo has spoken out
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A firefighter involved in the search for missing 19 year old Jay Slater has described the circumstances of his disappearance as 'increasingly strange'. Search teams have been combing through mountainous terrain in an attempt to locate the missing Brit.

Emergency services, including the Civil Guard, mountain rescue teams and fire crews, have been searching a 30-kilometre area of Tenerife. Jay was last seen walking alone on the morning of Monday, June 17.

He had contacted his friend Lucy Mae to inform her that he was lost in a rural area and his phone battery was down to just one per cent. His phone later sent a signal from an open area about half a mile north of the Masca village.

Jay Slater remains missing in Tenerife
Jay Slater -Credit:No credit

Firefighter Riccardo, a member of the Brigada Forestal, spoke about the difficulties of searching the 'dangerous' area amid the ongoing efforts to find Jay. He said: "It's very difficult to find people here, because of the ravines and the mountains.", reports Birmingham Live.

"I've seen the case and about the missing boy on the internet... but the days are now passing by and it's increasingly strange that he hasn't appeared yet. The information we have is that Jay [and his friends] were going to a music festival, and afterwards, the last sign of him was around here in the Teno Rural Park."

"I don't know if he was walking, hiking.. I just don't know. That's where I lose the thread." He added: "It's so strange."

Search teams have been concentrating their search in the vicinity of the Parque Rural de Teno nature reserve, as reported by Manchester Evening News. This is the last known location where Jay was seen before he went missing.

Efforts to locate Jay have also extended to a ravine situated roughly 100 metres below the holiday home where he was last spotted, and the search has expanded into the mountains that lie between Masca and Las Portelas. Civil Defence officers coordinating the search efforts from their base have described the challenging terrain, which is divided into three separate ravines, covering an area of about 30km in width.

The search has meticulously covered three distinct regions: the Masca Gorge, La Vica, and Las Portelas, along with the broader Masca region, in the hunt for any signs of Jay. A Civil Defence search team member expressed their determination, saying: "We still have hope that he's alive, up until the last moment when the last hope is lost."

They also shared their frustrations, stating: "The truth is that we feel a bit frustrated because we can't find him. It's so big [here] that it's very difficult to search in such a steep area. But we're doing everything we can."