Jay Slater's Instagram account 'used by mystery person' according to worried pals

A mystery person is said to be using the Instagram account of missing Brit Jay Slater, according to his worried pals. The search for the teenager continues after he vanished on Monday. Helicopters, rescue dogs and drones have been deployed across northwest Tenerife.

Jay went missing during a holiday in the Canary Island and was, and was last heard from when he called his friend Lucy Law on Monday morning. Friends have now launched an 'official' Facebook group to offer updates on the search, and the latest of which concerns activity on Jay's Instagram account, reports the Mirror.

It's understood his account has been used frequently since he was last heard from - but friends insist he or his mum haven't accessed the account. One Family friend wrote: "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."

The same friend turned comments off on the post, which has been liked more than 100 times. It is believed Jay, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, disappeared after an attempt to walk back to his accommodation after missing a bus.

In a separate Facebook post on the same page today, one friend said: "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.

The desperate search for Jay, an apprentice bricklayer from Lancashire, continues ( Image: PA) -Credit:PA
The desperate search for Jay, an apprentice bricklayer from Lancashire, continues ( Image: PA) -Credit:PA

"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 personnel joined officers from the island's Guardia Civil near the village of Masca where they appeared to focus on a specific area of overgrown terrain.

Some officers used binoculars to survey the landscape before heading towards the bottom of the hillside. Jay, an apprentice bricklayer, was last seen wearing a white T-shirt with shorts, trainers and a black bag.

A fundraiser set up by Ms Law to "get Jay Slater home" has since received more than £23,500 in donations. A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office spokesman said: "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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