Jay Slater 'sighting' wastes hours after hunt moves to 'other side of Tenerife'

A "false sighting" has left the Jay Slater investigation in chaos in Tenerife - after police moved the search to the other side of the Canary Islands. Rescue teams searched the south of the island today after a false sighting - before moving back to where Jay last called his friend.

British journalist Chris Elkington, editor of the Canarian Weekly, told the BBC the terrain at Mr Slater's last known location was "harsh". He said: "It's a rural park where you get a lot of hiking trails, it's very mountainous, quite sparse, quite barren.

"Quite deserty in a lot of ways, with some very deep ravines and valleys. It's certainly somewhere you would not want to be in normal conditions without the correct footwear, particularly without water."

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Speaking about the response to his disappearance, Mr Elkington said: "It's unheard of, it's incredible the support, not just from his friends and family but the local ex-pat residents over here and obviously the Spanish residents now as well."

A GoFundMe spokesman said today: "Our hearts go out to Jay Slater, his family and everyone else concerned about his disappearance. All campaigns are under review and no money will be transferred unless we can verify it goes straight to his family.

"At moments like this, we often see people set up campaigns to benefit strangers when they are moved to help. That is why we work with organisers to ensure any money donated goes to the right place. GoFundMe has a dedicated Trust & Safety team reviewing all relevant fundraisers. In addition to the team of experts, we deploy proprietary technical tools and have multiple processes in place to verify the identity of organizers and the recipient of the fundraiser.

"Before money is transferred, an individual or organization’s information, including their banking information, must be verified."