Jay Slater search called off as Spanish police make statement

Missing Jay Slater
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Spanish police have called off the search for missing British teen Jay Slater. A huge search with sniffer dogs, drones and search experts had been taking place since the apprentice bricklayer from Lancashire disappeared on the island of Tenerife almost two weeks ago on June 17.

But the search is now over after finding no trace of the missing teen. It comes after a huge final push yesterday where police appealed to experienced volunteers to help the search and just six turned up to join 24 mountain rescue and fire teams at Masca, near where Jay was last seen.

A spokesperson for Tenerife police said: 'The search is now over but the investigation remains open.' Jay disappeared after attending a music festival on the island.

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He had gone back to an AirBnB with two men he had met on holiday and later called his friends the following morning to say he was making an 11-hour walk back to the other side of the island where they were staying.

He last last seen by a local resident in Masca in north-west Tenerife, who he asked for directions just after 8am on June 17 as he was walking out of the village. His phone last pinged near to a look-out point where search teams gathered yesterday to begin the last day of the operation.

His friends and family have flown to Tenerife. His dad yesterday spoke out revealing the family were being trolled for not joining in the search.

But he said it was far too dangerous an area for them to help.