Jay Slater search: 'Eerie signs of life' found in ravine where missing teenager vanished

Jay Slater disappeared on June 17
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The desolate ravine where Jay Slater disappeared is both barren and intimidating, yet 'eerie signs of life' have been observed by reporters at the scene.

Jay, a 19 year old apprentice bricklayer, vanished on June 17 while holidaying in the remote Rural de Teno area of Tenerife for a three-day music festival with friends. The teenager left his companions to stay at a secluded Airbnb with two other festival-goers in the early hours of Monday morning and attempted to walk back to his accommodation later that day.

Embarking on a perilous 11-hour journey on foot, Jay phoned a friend to inform her that his phone battery was down to one percent, he was parched and had injured his leg on a cactus. His mobile last sent a signal from somewhere in the mountainous region near the village of Masca, which became the focus of the Spanish police's search before it was officially called off last Sunday.

Despite this, Jay's family and friends have persisted in their search, aided by a former British detective, while journalists have recounted their experiences of the "unforgiving" landscape. In an article for MailOnline, reporter Fred Kelly wrote: "Sharp-needled cacti grow higher than a man's head and there's no sound other than the noise of geckos scuttling in the undergrowth and the distant howl of the wind above the ravine."

In a harrowing discovery, remnants of past human activity were unearthed. "In a sinister twist, the Mail found eerie signs of life in one of two ruined homesteads in the ravine: shoelaces tied with twigs to form haunting symbols like something out of a horror film, empty water bottles, and - most strange of all - a set of clean women's clothes.", reports the Manchester Evening News.

Amateur mountaineer and TikTok influencer Paul Arnott, who has joined the quest for Jay in Tenerife, introduced a possibly significant discovery on Monday, reports the Mirror.. The 29 year old, who is in regular contact with the heartbroken family and backed by Jay's mother Debbie, suggested that a pair of broken sunglasses, similar to those Jay used, could be valuable clue.

On his TikTok channel, Mr Arnott said: "Moving forward a lot of new things have come out due to interviews. There are quite a few things I'm gonna chase up today as well. One is a three-word GPS. The other, apart from that, is a pair of sunglasses that were found by a man called Chris, who I'll be meeting up with later today."

Jay's father Warren had earlier voiced concerns about the family conducting their own search in the perilous ravine, mentioning "how dangerous it is". He commented: "These are big mountains, the terrain is dangerous", and added: "It's tough, it's hard."

Even so, following the Civil Guard's decision to halt their active search, the family continues their efforts to find him.

On Wednesday, Warren noted: "We've been all the way down. We've walked as far as you can until it's too dangerous."

He further added: "This is where his phone last pinged. This was the valley and I've come to the point of no return. We followed the path all the way down the valley. If I had mountain boots on and some ropes I would go for it, but I can't do it in Adidas sandals."