Jay Slater's mum issues devastating statement about beloved son who had 'whole life ahead of him'

Jay Slater's mother has issued a devastating statement after the disappearance of her 19-year-old son.

Jay Slater was last seen leaving the white-washed home, named Casa Abuela Tina, at around 8am on June 17. He had been partying at the Papagayo nightclub in Playa de las Americas, before leaving the event with two British men to go back to the property, which they had rented.

The AirBnB where missing Jay Slater stayed the night before his disappearance is more then 20 miles and 11 hours' walk from the Los Cristianos apartment where he had been staying with his pals Lucy Law, 18, and Brad Hargreaves, 19. Jay posted a photo of himself holding a cigarette outside the holiday rental's main door early on Monday morning. The Airbnb owner later claimed she saw him on Monday walking uphill into the mountains alone.

At 8.30am, Jay called Lucy to say he was in the middle of nowhere, trying to get home with no water and 1% on his phone battery. That was the last time anyone heard from him.

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Almost two weeks on, police called off the search on the ground for Jay. Jay's devastated family, including mum Debbie, dad Warren, and older brother Zak remain in Tenerife trying to help police. They say 'it's a mystery', but the police need to 'keep it going, keep it alive'.

Jay Slater’s mother, Debbie Duncan, has spoken today through the British overseas missing persons charity LBT Global, after the Tenerife search for her missing son has so far yielded no results. She issued a heartbreaking statement this evening (July 2), saying: "My son, Jay Dean Slater, came to the holiday island of Tenerife on the 13th of June with his friend to attend a music festival. On the 17th of June after not returning to his apartment he was reported as a missing person. Jay is a normal guy who is in his 3rd 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.

Jay Slater's parents, Warren Slater and Debbie Duncan, leaving the police station in Tenerife today
Jay Slater's parents, Warren Slater and Debbie Duncan, leaving the police station in Tenerife today -Credit:Stan Kujawa

"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 enquiries. We would like to say to the press/news/reporters, that although we do not want to lose the momentum of Jay's disappearance, we really would like to maintain our privacy and crucially let the Spanish police get on with their investigations without hindrance from press.

"We are aware of the conspiracy theories and speculation on social media and some websites, and can only describe this as vile, the negative comments are extremely distressing to our family. We also embrace the love and support we have received from across the globe. It has not gone unnoticed, especially his home town in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire.

"As a family we would like the world to respect our privacy at this present time."