Jay Slater: Search for missing British teenage in Tenerife called off after nearly two weeks

Missing Jay Slater
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The search for missing Jay Slater in Tenerife has been called off by the police.

A spokesperson for the Civil Guard announced on Sunday: "The search operation has now finished although the case remains open."

An inside source added: "The daily operation which has been going on in and around Masca close to where Jay was last seen has been brought to an end. If any information comes in that merits a new search though it will be acted upon.

"My understanding is Jay's parents have been informed of what obviously is a major development. Nothing of any relevance was found during yesterday's large-scale search."

News of this drastic turn came less than 24 hours after a 'last push' operation near the mountain village of Masca involving 30 police, firefighters, Civil Protection members and volunteers failed to find any trace of the 19-year-old from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, reports the Mirror.

Jay was last spotted by a local resident in north-west Tenerife's Masca just after 8am on June 17. He was heading northwards out of the village, having asked her for directions.

The last signal from his phone was detected near a lookout point where search teams assembled yesterday for the final day of the operation.

Jay's friend, Lucy Law, revealed that he had called her shortly after his last known sighting, stating he was thirsty with no water and only one per cent battery left on his phone. The Civil Guard has stated that the 'parallel' investigation by police investigators, which they are not sharing information on, is continuing despite the suspension of the 'visible' mountain search in and around Masca.