Jay Slater detective speaks out over 'distressing' video circulating online

TV's Mark Williams-Thomas has flown out to help
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A TV detective who has flown to Tenerife to assist in the search for missing teenager Jay Slater has dismissed a new theory about the 19 year old's disappearance. Jay, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, has been missing on the Spanish island since June 17.

After 13 days, the official search for Jay was called off, but others, including British detective Mark Williams-Thomas, have continued to help his family seek answers. Williams-Thomas has been providing regular updates since arriving on the island.

The former police officer has now refuted a theory that emerged after a 'disturbing' video began circulating online. Some people claimed the clip showed Jay, reports the Mirror.

However, Mr Williams-Thomas insists the video is not recent and therefore cannot feature the missing teen. He stated: "Lots of people are contacting us about a distressing video that is circulating."

"The video was first posted on a social media site nine years ago and therefore cannot be Jay Slater."

Jay last made contact with friends on June 17.

It is known that he stayed at an Airbnb in the rural Masca village with two British men before disappearing around 8.50am as he tried to return to the tourist town of Los Cristianos. This latest update follows Mr Williams-Thomas focusing on an alleged 'stolen Rolex', after revealing Jay had posted a video on Snapchat bragging about the theft of a £12,000 Rolex, just hours before he disappeared.

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Mr Williams-Thomas 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. However, friends of Jay he would not make this up and the watch was the subject of a later conversation between them."

He further claimed that Jay felt intimidated when he departed the holiday rental where he was last seen, noting that the teenager felt he couldn't return to the property, even though it would have been the 'sensible course of action'. The investigator remarked: "We have received information that would suggest Jay left the rental property feeling scared and that he would not return to the rental, even though that would have been the most sensible course of action, and also where he could have charged his phone and got water."

Mr Williams-Thomas dismissed the idea that Jay had been abducted, despite his mother Debbie previously expressing her belief that her son had been kidnapped. He continued: "We have no evidence at this stage to say there was any third-party criminal involvement in Jay's disappearance."

"However, there are still a number of outstanding actions and therefore we still remain open minded to the possibility of this changing. The evidence strongly supports that Jay walked off and was walking for at least 30 minutes off the road on a track before he last had contact with friends, with a very accurate location pin drop at 8.50am."

"I would make an appeal for landowners in the area of Teno Rural Park to check any outbuildings and land that they have and hope that some further searches will continue by volunteers in the area not yet searched."