Jay Slater: Ex-Nicola Bulley cop spotted searching for teen in Tenerife and promises family 'answers in 3 days'

Debbie Duncan pictured with her son Jay Slater
-Credit: (Image: Facebook)


Former British police officer Mark Williams-Thomas has flown to Tenerife to assist the family of missing teenager Jay Slater. The seasoned investigator, known for his involvement in high-profile cases such as Nicola Bulley's disappearance, was seen on the island where 19 year old apprentice bricklayer Jay was last spotted, reports the Mirror.

Williams-Thomas reached out to Jay's mother, Debbie Duncan, aged 55, on Sunday, offering his expertise at no cost, and is now dedicated to uncovering the truth behind Jay's mysterious disappearance. Before the family took up his offer, Williams-Thomas expressed confidence in his ability to deliver swift results, suggesting he could provide answers within a mere three days. He also committed to locating the two British men Jay reportedly stayed with at a holiday rental just before he went missing.

He stated: "Having feet on the ground and looking at the scenario and circumstances, I know I will get to the bottom of this in three days. I would quickly be able to establish whether or not there are suspicious circumstances - but I'd need total access to everything and to speak to all the witnesses involved."

READ MORE: Jay Slater: Everything we do and don't know about missing Brit as search in Tenerife continues

He continued: "If the family work with me, I will get them answers. It is crucial for the family. It is difficult for them, dealing with foreign police who handle it differently. But I'd need their full co-operation, I'd need to speak to every witness involved; those that he's been with since he's been on the island. Some people will be more persons of interest than others."

Mr Williams-Thomas, a former family liaison officer and detective turned leading TV investigator, was the lead sleuth on the ITV Exposure documentary, The Other Side of Jimmy Savile. This documentary unveiled the chilling predatory behaviour of the late BBC presenter towards young and vulnerable girls.

He reportedly arrived on the Spanish island late Monday night, coinciding with the day Jay's family shared a potential new sighting photo and his father's plea for assistance in bringing him home. The blurry image was taken by a webcam at 6pm last Monday a full 10 hours after the 19 year old's last confirmed location four miles uphill in the mountain village of Masca.

Yesterday, the search area was expanded to other parts of the municipality where the teenager was last spotted. Civil Guard officers confirmed that forest trails and tracks north of his last known location are now under investigation. Police and fire officers persist in their search across three separate ravines including one believed to be the last location Jay's phone "pinged" shortly after his disappearance on Monday, June 17.

Before his disappearance, Jay had been enjoying the New Rave Generation festival in southwest Tenerife. He left the event with two British men to return to their holiday rental, situated over 20 miles from his Los Cristianos apartment where he was staying with his friend Lucy Law, 18, and another companion.

In the early hours of Monday, he contacted Lucy saying he was stuck in an isolated area, attempting to find his way home with no water and a phone on a precarious 1% battery. His mobile is said to have switched off just 20 minutes later, at around 8.50am.

Mr Williams-Thomas spoke on Sunday, expressing: "It's a week on now - I need to get on the ground and get them answers. It's about finding Jay. I come with credibility, will work with them and Spanish police, and get them the answers they need."

He continued, "We need to establish what the involvement is with these two guys [he stayed with], why he went back to the Airbnb and then why just leave? The chances of him wandering off are possible, but is there more to this?"

Get the biggest stories from around London straight to your inbox. Sign up to MyLondon's The 12 HERE for the 12 biggest stories each day.