Missing Jay Slater: Hunt launched for two men who were last to see missing teen as investigator reveals details

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

A private investigator looking into the disappearance of 19-year-old Jay Slater wants to speak to two men he stayed with the night before he disappeared. Jay, from Lancashire, had visited Tenerife for the NRG music festival with his friends.

He was last seen on Monday, June 17 after staying the night in an Airbnb with two people he met after a night out, said his friend Lucy Mae Law. The flat, in 'the middle of nowhere' was a long way from where he had spent his night out.

Lucy last heard from him at 8am on Monday morning as he told her he 'didn't know where he was' and needed water. His phone ran out of battery shortly after. A huge search operation followed and, in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, private investigator Mark Williams-Thomas said Jay's family "still live with the hope that he will return," and that he is "not safe, but alive", reports the MEN.

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Former detective turned TV investigator Mr Williams-Thomas, who has flown out to Tenerife to conduct his own independent enquiries into what happened to the teenager, said he want to speak to the two British men that Jay is said to have stayed with in the Airbnb rental in rural Masca.

He claimed he has found out the name of one of the individuals and has a picture of the other man, and described them as being between 30 to 40 years old.

"There are two key people that we have not yet spoken to, and these are the two men that took Jay back to that holiday rental in the hills," he told reporters. "Those two men have spoken to the police - but are now back in England.

"I urge those two people to come forward. I need to speak to those people, they have crucial information. There will be you, as well as many other people who are asking very pertinent questions in relation to why they were here, what they were doing and why they took Jay back to that holiday rental.

"What we don't know is why, if they were partying here, they went to a holiday rental around an hour away in a really remote location. I don't know the answer to that, but my focus on that is to find those people. I am giving them the opportunity to come forward, they are crucial witnesses and ask questions that could get answers."

Jay has been missing for a full week in Tenerife
Missing Jay Slater -Credit:Instagram

He said Mr Slater's family were "united" and "still live with the hope" that he will return, and believe he is "not safe, but still alive."

"Since I've been here, I've watched the family. I spent yesterday with them and today and the night before. They are very, very united family. They are very supportive and they want me to find out what happened to Jay," he said.

Jay's phone was last tracked in the Rural de Teno Park, near the village of Masca. As of Wednesday, three separate ravines are being searched. Mountain rescue, local police, the Civil Guard and fire crews have all been involved and members of Jay's family have flown out to Tenerife to join the search.