Jay Slater expert found 'clue' days after Spanish Police ended official search

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An experts claims to have been the one to find a clue in the disappearance of 19-year-old Jay Slater. The teen, from Lancashire, went missing on the island of Tenerife over three weeks ago after flying out for a three-day music festival.

Spanich Police have since ended their search, although the case remains open. Skilled voulenteers have been helping with the efforts to find Jay but to no avail.

Following an exhaustive two-week search in Parque Rural de Tenerife near the small village of Masca, where the apprentice bricklayer was last known to have booked accommodation through Airbnb, a Civil Guard spokesperson confirmed: "The search operation has now finished although the case remains open."

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Jay was last heard from on Monday, June 17, when he called his friend Lucy Law. She says that Jay told her he was going to walk 11-hours back to his accomodation before his phone cut off.

His father Warren Slater, mother Debbie Duncan, and older brother Zak are being assisted by experienced specialists in the region as they search for signs of Jay. The party includes Christopher Pennington, a former British military member who relocated to Tenerife in 2006, ChronicleLive reports.

A view of the Airbnb Casa Abuela Tina in Masca, Tenerife, where missing British teenager Jay Slater resided prior to his disappearance
A view of the Airbnb Casa Abuela Tina in Masca, Tenerife, where missing British teenager Jay Slater resided prior to his disappearance -Credit:James Manning/PA Wire

He voiced his frustration at the end of the formal investigation and criticised the authorities for 'sticking to the paths', assuming Jay would have done the same.

As Mr Pennington traversed the rugged terrain of the Parque Rural de Tenohe what was described as a fresh 'clue' was discovered. Days after the official search was wrapped up, the former British reserve soldier came across a pair of sunglasses with a missing lens similar to the ones Jay was last spotted wearing.

The eyewear was discovered close to where his mobile had last pinged. Chris immediately handed the sunglasses to law enforcement, who are now keeping it as part of their continuing probe. TV detective Mark Williams-Thomas has joined the hunt for Jay and disclosed that he hd spoken with Ayub Qassim, aged 31, more popularly known as 'Jonny Vegas'.

Jonny was one of the last individuals to encounter the young man. Mr Qassim, who took Jay to the isolated vacation property, allegedly provided a recount of their journey. Mr Pennington retraced the path from the bustling seaside party area to the Airbnb where Jay lodged to get a better grip on his final movements.

He said he believed that Jay, in haste to exit the leased property, may have rushed downhill under the illusion of the coastline being closer than its actual location. He pointed out what he thought were the 'most sensible' areas for search, accurately establishing the exact geolocation of Jay's final phone signal.