Jay Slater's Instagram account 'being used by mystery person', worried friends say

Jay Slater 'isn't a drinker' but 'had spirits' before he vanished, mum says
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Mystery surrounds the use of the missing British teen Jay Slater's Instagram account, his worried friends have reported.

The hunt for the 19-year-old from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, has entered its sixth day, with efforts including helicopters, sniffer dogs, and drone searches throughout northwest Tenerife. Jay vanished while on holiday in the Canary Islands, with his last known contact being a phone call to his mate Lucy Law on Monday morning.

Updates regarding the search are being shared via an "official" Facebook group where friends have disclosed peculiar activity on Jay's Instagram profile. Reports suggest that there have been frequent logins to his Instagram since his disappearance, despite assurances from friends that neither Jay nor his mother have accessed his account.

A close family friend posted: "Jay's mums asked I post this... For everyone asking who has logged into his Instagram account, it's not him or her, somebody else has logged into it." They notably disabled comments on this particular update, which has rapidly garnered over 100 likes, reports the Mirror.

Fears rose that Jay may have got lost after he tried returning to his lodgings on foot when he didn't catch his bus. In another recent update on the same Facebook group, a friend regretfully announced: "There isn't an update for anyone unfortunately.

"Struggling to find words at this time but all I can say is we are looking still and everyone is doing all they can. We are drained beyond words - I just can't say no more, I wish I could. I wish this would end now, this living nightmare. Searches are ongoing and we remain positive. Thanks to you all supporting and helping we can't thank you any more, much love."

On Friday, search and rescue teams joined forces with the local Guardia Civil near Masca village, concentrating on a dense area of terrain. Officers were seen scanning the area with binoculars before moving down the hillside.

Jay, an apprentice bricklayer, was last spotted in a white T-shirt, shorts, trainers, and carrying a black bag. A crowdfunding effort initiated by Ms Law to "get Jay Slater home" has amassed over £23,500 in contributions.

A spokesperson for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office commented: "We are supporting the family of a British man who has been reported missing in Spain and are in contact with the local authorities."

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