Jay Slater's dad says 'it doesn't make sense' as he joins search for missing son

23.06.2024. Masca, Tenerife. Jay Slater Missing in Tenerife.  Spanish Police and Fire Rescue teams  continue to search for Jay  in higher ground of the Parque Rural de Teno area close to the village of Masca.
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The dad of missing teenager Jay Slater said the disappearance "doesn't make any sense" as he questioned why his son would walk into the Tenerife mountains alone.

The 19-year-old, from Oswaldtwistle, vanished on Monday morning, June 17, after reportedly walking away from a remote Airbnb north of Masca village, where he had spent the night with two people he had met at the NRG music festival.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News as he put up missing posters in the village of Santiago del Teide today, June 23, dad Warren Slater said: "You think, has somebody got him? Because no matter if you were drunk or whatever, you don't go off that road up there.

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"And there are people up there... you don't go along that road for more than 20 minutes without somebody stopping you or passing you.

"I knew right from when I went up there that he wouldn't have gone [off that road]. He isn't stupid. When I saw the police I asked them, seriously, 'would you go off that road?' and I think it woke them up a bit.

"It started out as it being a lad who had gone walking and got lost, or that he may have fallen. But it doesn't make sense. Nobody would walk off that road. Why would he have gone uphill?

"It's dangerous; it's a massive mountain. It's not just a hill. It was only when I went up there myself [that I noticed]. People that go out to a party don't come up here."

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News on the seventh day of the major search efforts, as he put up missing posters on buildings in the village of Santiago del Teide, dad Warren Slater along with son Zak and family friend Rachel Hargreaves revealed that police were looking into 'every lead'.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News on the seventh day of the major search efforts, as he put up missing posters on buildings in the village of Santiago del Teide, dad Warren Slater along with son Zak and family friend Rachel Hargreaves revealed that police were looking into 'every lead'. -Credit:MEN Media

Jay's mum Debbie previously told reporters there had been a sighting of somebody who looked like missing Jay walking past a church in Santiago del Teide, around 7km away from Masca. Friends said somebody had reported the potential sighting at around 6pm on Monday - ten hours after Jay was reportedly last heard from.

This potential sighting is yet to be confirmed by the Civil Guard, however Jay's friends and family claimed they have informed police and that CCTV is now being looked into. They also shared a still image of someone who they believe matches Jay's appearance.

The Civil Guard has not directly confirmed to the M.E.N whether this sighting is being investigated. Despite the blurry image, family friend Rachel Hargreaves said the police are looking into 'every lead'.

She said: "We have to take each lead and act on it. Having been up there [the mountain] ourselves, and after all the searching, we get the impression that he can't be there.

"We are six days in, but doing all we can to bring him home. This morning I told police where the CCTV cameras are around here. We aren't giving up.

"He's an intelligent boy; nearly a fully qualified bricklayer. He would've stood out like a sore thumb up there and somebody would've seen him.

"They've got on foot patrols, drones, helicopters out. The mountain rescue teams have mapped the area out and shown us they're doing all they can. They had a detailed map and showed us where they were searching."

A firefighter also involved in the search told the Manchester Evening News he thought it was 'strange' that they had not yet found Jay, saying: "The days are passing by... but he still hasn't appeared."

The last time Jay was reportedly heard from was on Monday morning (June 17), when his phone 'pinged' in the middle of a mountainous ravine around half a mile north of Masca.

The church square in Santiago del Teide where the unconfirmed sighting report was made
The church square in Santiago del Teide where the unconfirmed sighting report was made -Credit:MEN media

Today marked the seventh day of gruelling searches, with drones, helicopters, fire crews and search dogs alongside mountain rescue teams. Throughout the morning, search parties narrowed their efforts on a small hut close to the area where Jay’s phone is last said to have “pinged”.

Emergency workers are currently searching a 30-kilometre area in hopes to find the 19-year-old, focusing on three different areas - the Masca Gorge, La Vica, and Las Portelas, as well as the surrounding Masca area.

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