Jay Slater: People urged to search outbuildings where teenager went missing

Detective helping Jay Slater's family says he may have been 'scared'
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Locals in Tenerife have been asked to search their outbuildings and land in the area of Tenerife where Jay Slater went missing.

Jay disappeared on the morning of June 17 after leaving an Airbnb near Masca village in Rural de Teno Park. The teen from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, had travelled to the property with two British men after leaving a nightclub in Playa de las Americas.

Former British police detective Mark Williams-Thomas, who has been helping Jay Slater's family in Tenerife, has claimed Jay Slater was "scared" when he left an Airbnb and had allegedly "taken a £12,000 Rolex" before he disappeared.

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Mr Williams-Thomas, noted for his involvement in high-profile disappearances, claimed: "We've received information that would suggest that Jay left the rental property feeling scared and he would not return to the rental, even though that would have been the most sensible course of action."

His comments were recorded in a video recorded on July 2nd and uploaded to X, formerly known as Twitter, today, reports the Manchester Evening News.

18-year-old Lucy Law, a friend of Jay's, was the last known person to talk to Jay on the phone. She recalls Jay telling her that he was 'in the middle of nowhere, trying to get home with no water and 1 per cent on his phone battery.'

Mr Williams-Thomas suggested that Jay might have gone back to the Airbnb to charge his phone and grab some water, but apparently decided against it. The ex-detective also mentioned that Jay had 'posted a Snapchat saying that he'd taken a £12,000 Rolex from a person'.

"We've been unable to validate this in terms of a reported theft" he stated in the footage. "However, friends of Jay said he would not make this up and the watch was subject of later conversation between the friends."

He outlined the last known activities of the teenager, saying: "The evidence is that Jay walked off on the rental, walked for about 30 minutes, and then sent his location at 8.49am and 8.50am. And we know that he was at that stage off the road on a track with loose stones."

Jay Slater is still missing
Jay Slater is still missing -Credit: LancsLive

He continued: "I want to make an appeal for landowners in the area of the rural park to check any outbuildings and land that they have in the hope that further searches will continue by volunteers in the area not yet searched."

Mr Williams-Thomas revealed he had "spoken to a significant number of witnesses, both here in the UK and in Tenerife, including Jay's friends who are fully engaged with us". As the search goes on, Jay's family, which includes his mum Debbie Duncan, dad Warren Slater, and older brother Zak, remain in Tenerife, desperate for any information regarding his whereabouts.

Last night, Debbie shared the family's heartache in a statement released through LBT Global, a British charity dedicated to helping families with missing loved ones abroad. She expressed: "We are a very close family and are absolutely devastated about his disappearance."

"Words cannot describe the pain and agony we are experiencing. He is our beautiful boy with his whole life ahead of him and we just want to find him."

Describing her son, she said: "Jay is a normal guy who is in his third year of an apprenticeship, and he is a very popular young man with a large circle of friends. We do not have any information on his whereabouts."

Debbie also spoke about the extensive search efforts, stating: "The Guardia Civil have worked tirelessly up in the mountains where Jay's last phone call was traced. They conducted a land search for 12 days which involved every resource they had available."

She continued to express gratitude towards the Spanish authorities: "Although the land search ended, the Spanish police still continue with their investigations into why Jay had travelled to the location so far away from his accommodation. We offer our sincere thanks to the Spanish authorities who continue to follow lines of inquiries."

The search for the teenager has been scaled back by the police. On June 30, it was announced that while officers will remain responsive to new information, the intensive ground search that began when the apprentice bricklayer disappeared has been halted.

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