Five theories about Jay Slater's disappearance as teen remains missing in Tenerife

'It doesn't make sense' - Jay Slater's heartbroken dad puts up missing posters for his son
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It's been weeks since British teen Jay Slater went missing in Tenerife. The 19 year old apprentice bricklayer disappeared on June 17 while on a three-day music festival holiday with friends. On the final night, Jay left his mates to head to a quiet Airbnb with two other festival-goers in the early hours of Monday morning.

Jay's friend Lucy reports that he embarked on an arduous 11-hour walk back to his accommodation in the tourist hotspot of Los Christianos after missing his bus.

His phone last sent a signal from somewhere within the Parque Rural de Teno nature reserve, an area Spanish police thoroughly searched before officially ending their search on Sunday. Jay's family and friends have vowed to remain in Tenerife and continue the search.

As the investigation continues, here are five key theories that may shed light on the case of the missing teenager, reports the Mirror.

Jay got lost in a rural Tenerife village.

Jay is believed to have gone missing in the notoriously rugged and dangerous terrain of Masca, a place locals refer to as a 'lost village' due to its lack of road connection until the 1990s. It's one of the most remote parts of Tenerife.

His friend Lucy Mae Law was one of the last people to speak to him on the morning he disappeared. He called her to say he was walking back to their accommodation after missing a bus.

He mentioned he was thirsty, tired, had cut his leg on a cactus, and only had one percent phone battery left. The journey would have taken Jay 11 hours by foot.

Lucy later suggested that Jay might have lost his way while trying to get back to his mates in Los Chistianos. She explained: "He's gone on a night out, he's gone to a friend's house, someone that he has met on holiday. One of the people he has met has hired a car out of here, so he's driven them back to his apartment and Jay has gone there not realising how far away it is.He's ended up out in the middle of nowhere. Jay was obviously thinking he would be able to get home from there. But then in the morning he's set off walking, using his Maps on his phone and ended up in the middle of mountains with nothing around."

Despite an extensive search operation involving helicopters, drones and sniffer dogs across the mountainous regions of the Spanish island, Jay remains missing.

He was 'taken against his will'.

Shortly after news of Jay's disappearance surfaced, his distraught mum Debbie voiced fears that "something bad" had happened to the teenager as he attempted to return home. Earlier, Debbie expressed her belief that Jay was being held "against his will."

Speaking to the Daily Mail, the tearful mum admitted she doesn't "know what to think" as she speculated about her son's location.

She said: "I'm all over the place and I'm trying to keep positive, has somebody taken him? Is he panicked and lost in the mountains? I just don't know, that's why if anyone has any information please just tell us. If he is lost then why hasn't anyone seen him? It's busy with hikers and holidaymakers up there, so if he was lost then someone would have seen him, so that's why I think maybe he's been bundled off somewhere."

In another interview, Debbie revealed she received threatening messages from trolls claiming to have kidnapped Jay. She said: "I got a Snapchat about 10 minutes after I got off the plane saying 'Kiss goodbye to your boy, you're never going to see him again, he owes me a lot of money,' which I passed on to police with the number it came from because I had my wits about me at the time and got my eldest son Zac to take a screen grab before it disappeared."

He may not be missing at all.

It was later suggested that Jay may not be missing at all, after a former Met officer expressed doubts, stating that things "don't add up".

Ex-Met policeman Graham Wettone, who served for 30 years, speculated that the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the apprentice bricklayer might warrant "another look", following the cessation of the search by police in Tenerife.

The former officer remarked: "It seems to me on the face of it that they are just focusing on the mountain, but I would hope they are looking at other avenues and those include criminality. I've been following this case closely and discussing it with colleagues and it's certainly a very bizarre one, lots of things just don't add up."

Jay got into trouble after 'stealing Rolex'

This week, it emerged that detectives began looking into a new lead linked to the mysterious disappearance.

High-profile TV investigator Mark Williams-Thomas, known for his work on significant cases including the Nicola Bulley disappearance, has offered insights regarding the missing individual's state of mind prior to their disappearance.

The ex-detective revealed that while en route to an Airbnb, a Snapchat post showed the subject flaunting the theft of a Rolex watch. Mr Williams-Thomas, appearing in a social media video statement, elaborated: "On route Jay posted a Snapchat saying that they had taken a £12,000 Rolex from a person. We have been unable to validate this in terms of a reported theft."

He further disclosed: "However, friends of Jay he would not make this up and the watch was the subject of a later conversation between them."

Speculation arose that the missing young man may have become embroiled in dangerous circumstances. Other groundless theories also surfaced, with suggestions that his companions might be involved in drug trafficking leading him into peril, or even that he staged his own demise to evade supposed debts.

Jay's phone may have been thrown

Jay's mobile phone was last detected in the rugged terrain of Parque Rural de Teno nature reserve, near the remote village of Masca.

Journalist Nick Pisa, who has been closely following Jay's disappearance in Tenerife, shared insights from a conversation with a former British Army officer that suggest a new angle to the case. The theory is that Jay's phone signal, picked up in a perilous mountain area, could be due to the device being thrown.

Pisa explained on GB News: "We're not obviously being kept up to speed, but [the former officer] did tell me that he thought where the ping came from was rather surprising because it was really steep to get to, and it was covered in undergrowth and cacti."

"He said to get there you'd have to need a machete. Or he suggested, someone had thrown the phone into that growth."

Despite the official search by the Civil Guard concluding, Pisa noted that expert climbers continue their efforts with the support of Jay's family. He remarked about one climber: "I must admit, I've seen him up there several times, and he seems to be the more serious."