Jay Slater's dad says investigation 'stinks' with search 'like a riddle'

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The anguished father of the missing teenager Jay Slater has described the ongoing search for his son as "like a riddle" to which he can't find the answer.

Warren Slater joined forces with a group of 10 volunteers yesterday, braving the mountainous terrain of Tenerife in an effort to locate the 19 year old who vanished without a trace, reports the Mirror.

In sweltering 25C heat, they combed through the Valley of Barranco de Juan Lopez, near the quaint village of Masca, dedicating several hours to the intensive search. Reflecting on the challenging landscape, Warren commented: "It's the fourth time I've done this. It was hard, I nearly put my eye out."

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He expressed the family's exasperation with the progress of the investigation, stating: "Tell me where I look, I can only go off the last sighting, the woman in that restaurant saw him going the wrong way. Which human being lets a young boy go the wrong way? Everything stinks. It's just a riddle and I don't know the answer.",

Jay Slater, an apprentice bricklayer from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, disappeared on the Canary Island on June 17. He was last seen departing an Airbnb accommodation in the north of the island, not far from Masca, that very morning.

The young man, who had been vacationing with friends Lucy, aged 18, and 19 year old Brad Hargreaves, had earlier been enjoying himself at the Papagayo nightclub in Playa de las Americas. After leaving the club, he was accompanied by two British men back to their holiday rental.

Warren voiced his bewilderment at the police's swift dismissal of the two men as suspects, saying: "My starting position, I've said this from day one, ask the two men who've taken him. And then start from there."

"If you and me in England had taken a young girl to the Lake District, do you think they would have let us go back to Spain? We're going round and round in circles. The Spanish police, you can't go screaming and shouting at them because they don't do anything."

A frustrated individual stated "If you start screaming and shouting they won't do anything even more. If they want to go and search a house they have to go to court first."

He expressed his disappointment with the official search organised by the local police last weekend. He said: "I was quite disappointed last Saturday when they did the search, they said the whole island was going to turn out. Let all the big boys do it, the police told me the big, big search was Saturday. We got down in that valley at 2pm and there wasn't a soul.The way they made it out when they said they were going to have the biggest ever search."

Warren clocked the walk from the Airbnb to the valley they were searching took approximately 90 minutes. Given that the route is bustling tourist path filled with visitors coming daily to admire the breathtaking scenery, he was incredulous.

He said: "You've walked from that bnb at 9am you've walked all the way up here, he's a young fit lad, all the way. You're trying to tell me no car, no one's seen him at half past 10. Why would you go down there? You've got to end why go any further? Why would you leave this road? You haven't got a clue where you are."

One individual pleas: "And no one else has seen him, one woman, he's knocked on her door, she said at 10 and he went the wrong way. This morning I saw her, she didn't want to stop. It's somebody's son, you know if you're the last person to see someone's son you try your damndest to help, don't you? " Following it with another appeal: "If your son was here what would you do? If he was at the top of that rock you'd climb it. You need Columbo. The two guys, why they took him to that bed and breakfast. So when you get home get me a Columbo."

The narrator notes: "You start from the last two people don't you And they've just let them walk outThe Airbnb Jay visited was rented by convicted drug dealer Ayub Qassim."

On this matter, Qassim remarks: "I let the geezer stay at mine because he had nowhere else to go. His friends had all left him. I know Jay, through friends, I'm not going to bring someone back to mine if I don't know them. I'm doing the geezer a favour and now my face is all over the news. It's a bit mental. I haven't even done anything."

In addition, Qassim asserts: "The only comment I have to make is that Jay came to the house alive, and he left the house alive." The search by the Spanish authorities, regrettably, called off last weekend after a thorough 14 days investigation.

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