Jay Slater search expert says 'you'd have to be mad' to enter 'extremely dangerous' area

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Christopher Pennington, an ex-British military serviceman spearheading the search for missing teenager Jay Slater, has described the terrain as "extremely dangerous" after Tenerife police suspended the search for the missing 19-year-old. Despite the Civil Guard ceasing their search with no trace of Jay from Lancashire, Mr Pennington remains undeterred in his mission.

Jay was last seen on June 17 in Masca, a significant distance from his Los Cristianos accommodation. As his family seeks answers, Mr Pennington continues his quest, even finding a pair of black sunglasses with a missing lens near the location of Jay's last known phone signal.

With over 30,000 TikTok followers tracking his progress, the search expert hopes to locate Jay and reunite him with his family. His recent searches have been concentrated in the Parque Rural de Teno area, where the challenging mountainous landscape has complicated the search.

Speaking to Mail Online, he expressed concerns about the thoroughness of previous searches, stating, "This area has not been searched properly. You can tell, the authorities have stuck to the paths because they've assumed Jay did too, but that's not how you conduct a thorough search."

Mr Pennington meticulously retraced Jay's route at the same time of day, navigating the roads from near the Papagayo nightclub to the Casa Abuela Tina Airbnb in Masca at 5:30am on Saturday, reports the Express.

He said: "I didn't go more than 15km an hour. Because of the hairpin turns, you've essentially got to crawl up. It's dark, it's extremely dangerous. Arriving up here that early, it felt eerie. Let be me frank, it's scary up here on your own in the darkness."

Christopher also braved the dense shrubbery where he discovered sunglasses and said "you'd have to be mad" to navigate through such terrain deliberately.

He added: "If Jay came off the path and went through there, like I've just done, he wouldn't leave the path again. You'd have to be mad."

Local Juan Garcia, along with his sniffer dog Caperucita, is also involved in the search for Jay. Mr Garcia described the search area as a "labyrinth" and likened finding Jay to "looking for a needle in a haystack".

He shared with the media: "The police have searched here with a helicopter, but it's a labyrinth of bushes and you can't see much from the air. We really are looking for a needle in a haystack."