Jay Slater's last steps retraced by ex-military serviceman who says 'you'd have to be mad'

Jay Slater went missing in Tenerife
-Credit: (Image: Stan Kujawa/Family Handout/LBT Global/PA/)

An ex-military serviceman has warned of the 'extremely dangerous' terrain located in one of the Jay Slater search areas. The 19-year-old Brit went missing three weeks ago after he flew to Tenerife to attend a music festival.

He called friend Lucy Law on Monday, June 17, to say he was going to attempt to walk the 11-hour journey back to his accommodation. Jay's phone reportedly cut off due to low battery, and he has not been heard from since.

Christopher Pennington, a former British military serviceman, began to conduct his own search after the Civil Guard's efforts found no sign of the Lancashire teen. He has now amassed more than 30,000 followers on TikTok as people follow his journey to hopefully find Jay and bring him home to his heartbroken family.

POLL: Should the DWP be able to monitor benefit claimants' bank accounts?

Get breaking news on BirminghamLive WhatsApp

His latest search mission has focussed on the Parque Rural de Teno region, known for its mountainous terrain that has hindered the search so far. Christopher told Mail Online: "This area has not been searched properly. You can tell, the authorities have stuck to the paths because they've assumed Jay did too, but that's not how you conduct a thorough search."

Christopher followed Jay's exact route at the same time of day, driving the winding roads from near the Papagayo nightclub to the Casa Abuela Tina Airbnb in Masca at 5:30am on Saturday, The Express reports.

"I didn't go more than 15km an hour," he said. "Because of the hairpin turns, you've essentially got to crawl up. It's dark, it's extremely dangerous. Arriving up here that early, it felt eerie. Let be me frank, it's scary up here on your own in the darkness."

Christopher tried to trek through the shrubbery and bushes where he found the sunglasses, and said "you'd have to be mad" to willingly attempt such a thing. He added: "If Jay came off the path and went through there, like I've just done, he wouldn't leave the path again. You'd have to be mad."

Juan Garcia and his sniffer dog Caperucita are also heling with the search. Juan said the search area is a "labyrinth" and trying to find Jay has been like "looking for a needle in a haystack".

He said: "The police have searched here with a helicopter, but it's a labyrinth of bushes and you can't see much from the air. We really are looking for a needle in a haystack."