Jay Slater latest: TV detective claims 'real reason' teen left Airbnb he slept in

Jay Slater
-Credit: (Image: Men Media)

A TV detective has claimed Jay Slater left the Airbnb where he had spent the night before he disappeared 'because he was hungry' Mark Williams-Thomas has told reporters he interviewed a man who drove with Mr Slater, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, to a rental property in Masca after meeting him in Playa de las Americas, which is in the south of the island, reports the MEN.

Jay was said to have been driven to Masca by Ayub Qassim, 31, known by the nickname 'Johnny Vegas', and an unnamed second man, whom Spanish police have both deemed to be of no relevance to their missing person investigation, the Express reports.

Mr Qassim has said apprentice bricklayer Jay, 19, arrived at the AirBnB and left it alive following a party held after a music festival he had attended..

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Jay vanished after setting off to walk back to his own accommodation in Los Cristianos on June 17. It is believed the apprentice bricklayer missed a bus and decided to make the return journey on foot, which takes about 11 hours. Tenerife's Guardia Civil called off the search for the teenager after helicopters, drones and search dogs were deployed to find him.

TV sleuth Mr Williams-Thomas, who is making his own enquiries and is not part of the official police response, told MailOnline he had spoken to Mr Qassim. He claims Mr Qassim told him that on the morning after the party in Playa de las Americas he offered to drive Jay back.

Civil Guard during their search for Jay Slater
Civil Guard during their search for Jay Slater -Credit:Stan Kujawa

Revealing the "real reason" Mr Slater allegedly turned down a lift later in the day, the former Met Police detective added: "Qassim said to him 'Chill, mate, I'll drop you off later, when I wake up', but he said Jay said, 'Nah, I need some scran, I'm hungry'."

Jay then reportedly told Mr Qassim that a woman had told him buses to Los Cristianos were every 10 minutes, but Mr Qassim said there wasn't a bus, adding, "Do what you like", before going back to bed.

Mr Williams-Thomas said Mr Qassim told him the next thing he could remember was getting a call from a friend of Jay's to say he was lying in a ditch somewhere and had been "bitten by a cactus".

The detective added that Mr Qassim didn't reveal the identity of the second man Jay travelled to Masca with and refused to talk about the alleged theft of a Rolex watch, which some have claimed could be linked to Mr Slater's disappearance.

Jay Slater and the area where he went missing
Jay Slater and the area where he went missing -Credit:No credits

Mystery still surrounds Jay's disappearance almost three weeks after he was reported missing. Jay's holiday rental was reportedly only 10 minutes away from the nightclub where the music festival after-party was being held.

Meanwhile, Jay's family are said to be desperate for Spanish police to deploy drones and other equipment over Rural de Teno park where his mobile phone was last detected.

A source told the Sun: "They are desperate for permission to be granted that will allow them to use the specialist equipment they've identified."

"They've been speaking to experts who have suggested items that could help - things like [radar] tracking gear, drones and kit which can help at night-time too."

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