Jay Slater's desperate dad says son's disappearance on Tenerife 'doesn't make sense'

Jay has now been missing for more than three weeks
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The father of the missing partygoer Jay Slater has amplified his search efforts, marking three weeks since his son disappeared in Tenerife.

Warren Slater and his other son Zak have banded together with a handful of volunteers to trek across valleys neighboring the place where 19 year old Jay was last spotted. Warren expressed his exasperation, pointing out the herculean task ahead, indicating that it "would take an army 10 years to search" the expansive and treacherous mountain area, reports the Mirror.

Speaking of their endeavors, he mentioned they had encountered "two wild goose chases" the previous day directed towards derelict buildings where there was hope to find Jay. He also expressed discontent with the performance of local law enforcement and made a plea for UK police intervention to support the desperate family.

The small team, after combing through Los Carrizales Valley, took a breather for lunch in Santiago del Teidi before resuming their uphill trek. Moving beyond Barranco de Juan Lopez valley, near Masca village, where Jay's mobile phone last signalled its location, Warren shared: "I've been through 80% of that valley, so we went further along.

"We've drove and we've walked down the path at the next village, up the mountain there's a viewpoint that looks down, you can either follow the road, but we didn't, we parked up and walked down."

Warren expressed his confusion about why Jay would stray from the road, stating: "It doesn't make sense, he's either hid himself, but why would he hide himself? Or he's just ....?"

Apprentice bricklayer Jay, hailing from Oswaldtwistle, Lancs, vanished on the Spanish island on June 17. He was last spotted departing an Airbnb in the north of the island, near the village of Masca.

The young lad, who was enjoying a holiday with his mates Lucy, 18, and Brad Hargreaves, 19, had earlier been revelling at the Papagayo nightclub in Playa de las Americas.

After leaving the club, he was accompanied back to the rented accommodation by two British men. Warren revealed that there has been no update from the Spanish police in recent days and is calling for British law enforcement to question the two men who were with Jay when he returned to the Airbnb.

Warren is urging for a full press conference and appeals for British authorities' intervention, saying: "We need to, as a full family, do a proper press conference and ask the British authorities to help. He's a British citizen. Get Interpol involved. It's just us.

"I haven't got a team. We need a team to come over here and find out for us what the police are doing and what we need to do. Our hands are tied over here, we need experts.

"How long can you stay here for? It'll take an army 10 years to cover all this. I'd employ a team of Gurkhas."

Warren stated: "We've done the valley where his ping was, we've gone up the road to a vantage point, there's cliffs there and there's a valley and a village there."

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He expressed disbelief at why someone would traverse through brambles and cacti when a rough path was nearby.

"All I'm thinking is common sense, would you try and walk through there. Where we've been today you can see there's a hikers path with proper stones. We've gone straight down and you end up in the village."

Warren described the terrain of the initial search area, noting the presence of a small cave and a run-down stone building with womens clothing and a bottle of water inside.

"I'd go into the first building you see. An ideal spot for shelter is that little cave isn't it, get a bit of shade, you're hungover, get your head down in there. The police are convinced that's where his last ping were" he added, pondering why no one had reported seeing his son on the mountain road at a tourist-frequented location.

"From the bnb, he's a fit lad, 25 minutes you can get to the top, to where the cafe is. If he's followed the road and been where we've been today, it's took him an hour and a half."

"Dozens of cars would have gone past him. We got here at 9am and the 10am bus passed us. And it would have passed him. I've been up here three weeks and I've never seen as many cars. "The Airbnb Jay visited was rented by convicted drug dealer Ayub Qassim.

He has said: "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."

Qassim added: "The only comment I have to make is that Jay came to the house alive, and he left the house alive."

A search by the Spanish authorities ended last weekend after 14 days.

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