Jay Slater's friend 'convinced' he's being 'held against his will'

Missing Jay Slater
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The last person to see missing Jay Slater said her friends are "convinced" he has been taken against his will.

Jay, an apprentice bricklayer from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, was last seen in Tenerife and was reported missing on Monday, June 17. He had jetted off to the island with friends for the NRG music festival but vanished after going to stay with people he met after a night out.

Jay was scheduled to fly back to the UK this morning, June 20, but never made the flight. A major search is underway with police dogs, mountain rescue teams, and his friends and family all involved.

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The last time anyone heard from Jay was at around 8am on Monday, June 17, when he rang his friend, Lucy Mae Law. He told her his phone was about to die, he needed a drink of water and didn't know where he was. He has not been seen or heard from since.

Distressed mum Debbie worries "something bad" has happened to him and has suggested he might have been taken "against his will."

Today, friend Lucy repeated these fears. She told MailOnline "the whole thing is just so weird" and out of character for the teenager.

She said: "It's been three days now since he was last seen and the more time goes on the more I'm sure he has been taken. At first I wasn't so sure but now I'm convinced. He is not stupid if he left the house on his own he would have walked to the road and then tried to flag a car down or stop someone for help.

"The last time we heard from him it was around 9am so the place where he would have been walking would have had hikers and holidaymakers.

Jay Slater's friend, Lucy Law, who was the last person to speak to him
Jay Slater's friend, Lucy Law, was the last person to speak to him -Credit:Facebook

"The more time passes and he has not been seen then the more we are convinced he has been taken by someone and is being held against his will."

Lucy 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. The police here don’t speak English and don’t even have a translator after three days. I feel like they’re fobbing me off. They’re still asking me the same questions as when I first reported Jay missing.”

Jay's mum Debbie also believes her son is being held against his will. She said: "I haven't slept since all this began and I've no plans to go up to the search site right now.

"I've been warned I'd be beside myself when I see how rocky it is and I probably haven't got the strength right now. I just want to be here for if he does turn up but I've got a bad feeling. I just think he's being held against his will. He's not a stupid lad. He wouldn't have gone walking down bloody mountains. There's a road there with tourists and buses and properties, he's not that daft."

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