Friends say Jay Slater's Instagram account is being used by someone else

Jay Slater remains missing in Tenerife
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Someone has been using the Instagram account of missing British teenager Jay Slater, according to his concerned friends. The hunt for the 19-year-old continues, with search efforts including helicopters, rescue dogs, and drones scouring northwest Tenerife.

Jay vanished while on a trip to the Canary Island, with the last contact being a phone call to his friend Lucy Law on Monday morning. Updates on the search have been shared through an "official" Facebook group set up by friends, with the most recent post addressing unexpected activity on Jay's Instagram profile. It has been reportedly active since his disappearance, but friends are certain neither he nor his mother have used the account, reports the Mirror.

A family friend posted a message from Jay's mother and said: "Jay's mums asked I post this... For everyone asking who has logged into his instagram account, it's not him or her, somebody else has logged into it." The same friend disabled Facebook comments on the update.

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Jay, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, is believed to have gone missing after trying to walk back to where he was staying after missing a bus. Another update posted today on the search Facebook page said: "There isn't an update for anyone unfortunately.

"Struggling to find words at this time but all I can say is we are looking still and everyone is doing all they can. We are drained beyond words - I just can't say no more, I wish I could. I wish this would end now, this living nightmare. Searches are ongoing and we remain positive. Thanks to you all supporting and helping we can't thank you any more, much love."

On Friday, Local Guardia Civil officers collaborated with search and rescue teams nearing the village vicinity of Masca, where they seemed to focus on overgrown terrain. Officers were spotted scanning the landscape utilising binoculars prior to making their way down the hillside.

Jay, an apprentice bricklayer, was last seen wearing a white T-shirt with shorts, trainers and a black bag. To help find him, Ms Law mounted a fundraiser which has amassed well over £23,500 in charitable contributions.

A spokesperson from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office made known: "We are supporting the family of a British man who has been reported missing in Spain and are in contact with the local authorities."