Jay Slater's mum issues new update on £48k GoFundMe and says 'we will continue to use cash'

Jay Slater, 19, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, went missing after a three-day rave in Tenerife
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The mum of missing Jay Slater has issued a new update in the hunt for her 19-year-old son. Debbie Duncan, 55, has flown to Tenerife with loved ones as police look into Jay's disappearance.

The apprentice bricklayer went missing on June 17, with Guardia Civil search parties pulled back on June 30. Jay was on holiday with friends and had partied at the three-day NRG music festival before he vanished.

A GoFundMe launched in the wake of his disappearance has since raised more than £48,000. Debbie previously said her family was in the process of withdrawing some of the funds, with cash set to be used to support rescue teams searching for Jay.

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Money would cover accommodation and food for Jay's family and friends who have flown to Tenerife. The mum said the family also needed the funds to fly others to the island to support loved ones during 'these dark times'.

Now, Debbie has revealed in a new update how some of the funding will support volunteers who remain in Tenerife and are looking for Jay. This includes British TikToker Paul Arnett who flew to the Spanish island to help with search efforts.

Cash will also be used to support the family's 'own expenses', Debbie confirmed. In a post on The GoFundMe page on Wednesday (July 3). Debbie said: "Hi again everyone. Your generosity has been vast, and we are so grateful for all of your support and kindness during this unimaginable time for our family.

"As I said in my official statement, the Spanish police 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. In the meantime, we will continue to use part of the funds to support the volunteers working hard in the mountains to find Jay.

"We are currently looking after Paul Arnett, putting together a package of any equipment and essentials he needs and going up to do a drop for him. We are also supporting Callum Fahim and his group with accommodation and other essentials.

"The remaining funds will continue to be used to support the rescue teams who are tirelessly searching for Jay as well as our own expenses as we remain in Tenerife looking for our boy. We will continue to keep you all updated on the progress on our GoFundMe page, and we thank you for your continued support.

"Please keep sharing and supporting our fundraiser to help us bring Jay home."