New Jay Slater disappearance details as mystery witness revealed by TV detective

New details of the Jay Slater disappearance have come to light after the mystery key witness was revealed. The news was delivered by TV detective Mark Williams-Thomas, who flew to Tenerife to help find Jay.

He claims further digging into the investigation has opened up an established criminal network with links to drugs, violent crime and theft. Jay, an apprentice bricklayer from Lancashire, left a rave in Tenerife by car with two British men and stayed the night at an Airbnb in the middle of a rural village before vanishing.

One of the men who owned the AirBnB previously spoke out and said there were no arguments and the 19-year-old was alive when he left, reports The Mirror.

The teen was last heard from on June 17 as he tried to make his way back to the tourist town of Los Cristianos, where he had been staying with friends Lucy Law and Brad Hargreaves. But despite a huge two-week-long search operation, Jay has not been seen since.

Earlier this week, the case took a dark turn with the revelation that one of the last individuals to see Jay was found to be a convicted drug dealer.

It has now been reported that Ayub Qassim, 31, who was imprisoned nine years ago for orchestrating a scheme to inundate Wales with Class A drugs, is the mystery Brit who drove the missing teen to the deserted holiday rental.

Former Met Police officer Mr Williams-Thomas, shared an update on social media, revealing he had spoken with Qassim. In a video shared on X, he said: “In the last 24 hours I have spoken in detail with Ayub Qassim, who is also known as Johnny Vegas.

"He said he was on the strip, Jay wanted to carry on partying and he said he had nowhere to stay, so he said he could come back to his. In the car, they played music and chatted before stopping to get a drink at a cafe just before entering the mountains. [Qassim] was driving, his friend was in the passenger seat, and Jay was in the back.

“On arrival at the rental, his friend opened the door, went to the left and went straight to sleep. Jay walked in behind, followed by [Qassim]. They went upstairs"

Qassim told Jay "The sofa's for you there" handed him a towel, and a blanket and told him to have a shower whenever he wanted.

The TV detective added: “Jay also asked for a cigarette and Ayub said I've got some Camel cigarettes, and put one on the side. Jay then asked for a charger", and then went into Qassim's friend's room, while he was sleeping and took the charger.

Qassim then reportedly went to sleep and was awoken by the sound of the door buzzing.

Mr Williams-Thomas added: “He says he opens the door and speaks to a woman and man, and they gesture to him that he needed to move his car. Qassim gets into his car and starts to move it, and he looks in the rear view mirror and sees Jay talking to a woman.

Jay had his trainers on, as if he was about to leave and told Qassim that the woman had said he could get a bus "every ten minutes".

Qassim said to him "Mate, just chill out I'll drop you off in town when I wake up properly." Jay said "nah, nah, nah, I'm hungry, I need some scran, and the woman said you can get a bus from Los Cristianos every ten minutes."

Qassim said he replied: "There's no bus coming. This is my green door if you need me." He then shuts the door, Jay walks away and Qassim goes back to sleep."

Mr Williams-Thomas continued: “He then says he gets a call from a friend of Jay's who says he's in a ditch somewhere and has been cut by a cactus."

Qassim had rented the Airbnb, Casa Abuela Tina, situated near the secluded village of Masca for a modest £40 per night, using the name Ayub Abdul. On June 17, Jay stayed at the cottage, but after 5am he vanished without a trace.

Mr Williams-Thomas, who has continued to probe leads into the 19-year-old's disappearance, says he uncovered a criminal network linked to drugs, violent crime and theft as he questioned "as many people" who came into contact with Jay in Tenerife.

He said: "The evidence still strongly supports that Jay left the Airbnb suddenly, walked for thirty minutes before wandering off-road on the Monday where he dropped a location ping. However, as part of this investigation, we sought to identify and speak with as many people Jay had contact with whilst in Tenerife.

"The result of this digging has opened up an established criminal network with links to drugs, violent crime and theft. You will appreciate that at this stage I cannot expand any further on what we now know. However, at this stage, I'm unable to say if this network has anything to do with Jay's disappearance."

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