New image captures missing Jay Slater hours before vanishing

-Credit: (Image: Stan Kujawa)
-Credit: (Image: Stan Kujawa)

A fresh image has emerged of Jay Slater, taken just hours before his mysterious disappearance in Tenerife on Monday, June 17.

The photo captures the 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer at a rave on Sunday night, from which he left with two individuals he had just met. Hailing from Lancashire, Jay had travelled to the popular island with pals for the NRG festival.

However, he departed the festival not with his mates but with the pair he had befriended, hStan Kujawaading to an Airbnb located within a mountainous nature reserve. It's understood that after waking up, Jay ventured out alone into the challenging landscape on Monday.

As the search intensifies today, teams have been spotted clearing debris from the area. Police, sniffer dogs, and firefighters are all part of the extensive efforts to locate the missing teen.

The treacherous Rural de Teno Park, situated in the island's northwestern region, is notorious for its rocky terrain and unpredictable weather. A particular focus has been placed on the Barranco Madre del Agua river, nestled at the base of a gorge, where searchers prodded through the underbrush with sticks, reports the Mirror.

The last known signal from Jay's phone pinged from Rural de Teno Park. His movements after approximately 8.30am on Monday are shrouded in uncertainty.

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Debbie Duncan, Jay's mother, has described the ordeal of finding her son 'an absolute living nightmare'. She rushed to Tenerife on Tuesday accompanied by her eldest son.

In a heartfelt appeal on ITV News, Ms Duncan said: "He's the life and soul, he's a beautiful boy."

Jay was last seen by the Airbnb owner as he left the property on Monday. It's believed he missed his bus to meet friends at the south of the island, a hotspot for Brit holidaymakers.

Jay Slater is missing in Tenerife
Jay Slater is missing in Tenerife -Credit:Handout

Ophelia, who runs the Airbnb, said: "It's dangerous walking around here, it's easy to lose yourself. He walked up the road when I saw him for the last time. He was alone. He was walking normally, though he was fast."

Today, Jay's mum Debbie shared news of a potential, yet unconfirmed, sighting of her son on Monday. She said: "Someone has come forward to say they saw someone who they thought was Jay walking back down the road sat on a bench."

He was with two men looking a bit worse for wear, and they were by a church, this guy has come forward and told the police about it and they are looking into it.

We don't know if it was Jay for sure, but it's a start. They said it was about 6pm which is ten hours after he was seen by the lady in the village.

But if it was him what was he doing there and who are these two men?"

By Wednesday evening, police announced they were backcombing the mountains, having deemed the southern sighting unreliable