Jay Slater's friend shares new photo of teen who is missing in Tenerife

The last known person to have spoken with Jay Slater has released a new photograph of them together. Jay, 19, hailing from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, has been missing in Tenerife since June 17.

His friend Lucy Law has played a crucial role in the search for Jay over the past few weeks. Lucy says that she had a phone conversation with Jay during which he expressed his intention to walk back from an Airbnb in northern Tenerife to their lodgings in the south.

Now, Lucy has posted a poignant picture of the two of them on Instagram, as reported by the Mirror. The image is accompanied by a blue heart and a crying face emoji.

The last contact with Jay was when he called Lucy to tell her he was "lost in the middle of nowhere". The apprentice bricklayer had attended the NRG music festival with two friends prior to his disappearance, and his last known location was the Rural de Teno Park in the north of the Canary Island.

It was previously reported that he spent the night at an Airbnb and was last seen by two men at the rental property. According to Lucy, Jay had told her that he planned to walk back from the Airbnb to his accommodation after missing a bus, a journey that would take approximately 11 hours on foot, reports the Liverpool Echo.

She also mentioned that his phone battery was at one percent. Lucy previously described the situation as "weird" and stated: "There's something weird going on. It is suspicious."

"In two days you're telling me someone's not seen him. There's a restaurant 10 minutes away that he would have seen or walked past. It's suspicious and it's weird."

Lucy previously revealed an important lead when she tracked down two individuals who encountered Jay shortly before his disappearance. Recounting her efforts, she shared: "We managed to find the house. I knocked on the door and there were two people there."

She elaborated that these witnesses saw Jay when he bought cigarettes and returned to their flat. They noted that afterwards, Jay expressed a desire to return to where he was staying, according to Lucy.

She relayed their words: "They told me he'd spoken to the next door neighbours and they'd told him there was a bus every 10 minutes back down to Los Cristianos".

Notably, the bus stop location appears not to have posed any risk to Jay's orientation as it was directly adjacent to the house, Lucy highlighted: "The bus stop was right next to the house. So obviously if he'd gone to get the bus he wouldn't have got lost because it [the stop] was visible from the front door."

Jay Slater with Lucy Law
Jay Slater with Lucy Law -Credit:Instagram

In recent developments, Ayub Qassim, the man responsible for renting out the Airbnb, spoke up about the incident. He insists that Jay was not only alive when he arrived at the vacation property but also upon his departure.

Spanish police previously questioned Qassim and his unnamed friend and determined them to be "irrelevant" to the investigation. He told The Mail he had let the 19-year-old stay because he "had nowhere else to go" and alleged that all his friends "had left him". Qassim said he knew the bricklayer through friends and said he was doing him a "favour" by letting him stay. His remarks come after the land search for the missing Brit had been called off.

Debbie Duncan, the mother of Jay, has recently spoken out about her son's disappearance, stating: "Jay is a normal guy who is in his third year of an apprenticeship, and he is a very popular young man with a large circle of friends. We are a very close family and are absolutely devastated about his disappearance."

"Words cannot describe the pain and agony we are experiencing. He is our beautiful boy with his whole life ahead of him and we just want to find him. We do not have any information on his whereabouts."

"The Guardia Civil have worked tirelessly up in the mountains where Jay's last phone call was traced. They conducted a land search for 12 days which involved every resource they had available."

"Although the land search ended, the Spanish police still continue with their investigations into why Jay had travelled to the location so far away from his accommodation. We offer our sincere thanks to the Spanish authorities who continue to follow lines of inquiries."