Jay Slater spotted 'walking alone' as new picture emerges

A local woman in Tenerife says that missing British teenager Jay Slater was seen 'walking on his own' before disappearing as search efforts continue for the 19-year-old. The apprentice bricklayer has been missing since Monday, June 17, after travelling to an address in the Rural de Teno area with two people he had met at a music festival, according to reports.

The local, who was named as Araceli, shed light on the situation as she recalled seeing two British men who stayed at a rental property. Jay had been holidaying on the Canary Island where he attended the three-day NRG festival, reports MirrorOnline.

Jay had reportedly missed a bus back to his accommodation on Monday morning and phone his friend Lucy Mae to say he needed water and his phone battery was on 1%. The teenager reportedly set out on walking back to where he was staying, which was 11 hours away by foot.

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Police have since been searching in a rural mountainous area in the north west of the island where he was last located, near to the village of Masca. Now light has been shed on the two men he was with on the Sunday night as pictures emerge of the rental property, Casa Abuela Tina, he had reportedly been at.

A woman named only as Araceli, who works in the business adjoining the rental property, said: "I never saw the missing boy, but I know people saw him walking on his own. I saw the two British men who stayed here.

“They came in for cafe con leche a couple of times. One was aged about 40. The other one was slightly younger.” She added: “The police have spoken to them both.

“They arrived on Saturday and we’re due to stay until Monday, but they left on Tuesday.” Asked if they had to stay to be interviewed by police, she said: “I don’t know”.

The property is listed online as a holiday home and is understood to have been rented by the two men Jay was with the night before his disappearance. It is understood they checked out yesterday before flying back to Britain. Jay posted a photo of himself holding a cigarette on its steps shortly before going missing.

Friend Lucy Mae Law raised the alarm after receiving a call from Jay, an apprentice bricklayer from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, at around 8am on Monday to say he was walking back to their accommodation in the south of the island, and that he was thirsty and only had 1% battery.

Jay's phone died shortly after and his last known location was traced to the Rural de Teno area, a mountainous part of the island. His parents and brother have since flown out to help with the search.

Friend Lucy said she was unhappy with the Civil Guard's search, saying "we need British police". She told the Mirror: “We need British police here. I just want to find my mate. He’s been missing three days. It’s not looking good now. We feel as though it’s down to us to find him and that we’re doing more than the police."