Jay Slater 'isn't a drinker' but 'had spirits' before he vanished, mum says

Jay Slater was on his first holiday with his friends and "isn’t a drinker", his mum said. The missing teen, from Lancashire in the North West of England, had spirits before he vanished, says concerned Debbie, who has flown to Tenerife after he vanished.

Debbie told the BBC: "I've not slept at all, it's like it's not real. It was his first holiday abroad with his friends and I was encouraging him to go, I said, 'You will have a great time'. He’s not really a drinker is Jay but he had been drinking shorts and spirits that night.

"Everyone loves being in his company, and he was having a laugh with these guys. He wouldn’t have seen the danger, he didn’t have his wits about him, he just wanted to go and have fun." She added: "It’s just traumatic and it doesn’t feel real. It’s just awful, it’s horrendous.

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"He’s just a great person who everyone wanted to be with. He’s good looking, he’s a popular boy." The Civil Guard revealed the popular resorts of Los Cristianos and Playa de Las Americas were now the search areas. A spokesman said at the time: “As things stand at the moment the search in the mountainous area near Masca in the north has been halted.”

Jay Slater’s friend Lucy Mae has also spoken out, saying this week as the search continues: “Someone has given a false lead to the police saying he’s rang a taxi down to Los Cristianos. If this was the case he would have rang his mum or one of us.

"I know him well and he would NOT have us worrying. Someone is trying to deter the police from him being up there. I’m starting to think he’s been kidnapped.” Asked if she thought that was the reason for the switch, she said: “Yes, This is really serious.”