Friend of missing Jay Slater blasts Tenerife cops as search enters fourth day

Jay hasn't been seen since Monday
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The close friend of a teenager who is missing in Tenerife has blasted cops in Spain as the search enters its fourth day.

Jay Slater, 19, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, was last heard of on Monday morning. He told a friend he planned to walk back to his holiday accommodation after missing a bus.

As reported in the Mirror, the journey was expected to take around 11 hours on foot. The teen, however, has not been seen or heard from since.

His friend, Lucy Mae, who had gone to the island with him to attend a music festival, said that he had stayed with people he had met on holiday after a night out. But she claims police in Spain didn't even know who Jay was when she approached the Civil Guard with information about her friend well into the search

She said they asked her "Who is Jay Slater?" in a response that left her concerned for him.

The teen is missing in Tenerife
The teen is missing in Tenerife -Credit:Instagram

She told the Mail Online: "I know they have had a helicopter and drones up but to be honest I think they could be doing more. The other day I was on Veronica's Strip in Los Cristianos and I picked up some information and I went to the Guardia Civilia and they said 'Who is Jay Slater?'

"Can you believe that? It doesn't really give you much confidence does it. I've been out looking and so have his friends and family. We are just all so desperate for some news, we need people to keep looking we need Jay back."

Lucy is concerned for her friend

Lucy said she and Jay's other friends are "extremely worried", adding: "The fact that no one has seen him makes it all the more sinister."

Jay Slater's case has since been designated as one of “high vulnerability". SOS Desaparecidos posted a missing poster on its social media overnight to publicise his disappearance in Tenerife on Monday.

The government has also confirmed they are helping the family of Jay Slater. The officials said they are in contact with their counterparts on the Spainish island.

A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office spokeswoman said: “We are supporting the family of a British man who has been reported missing in Spain and are in contact with the local authorities.”

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