Jay Slater's mum reveals 'new sighting' as she vows to stay in Tenerife 'as long as it takes'

Debbie Duncan
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Jay Slater's mother has vowed to remain in Tenerife "as long as it takes" following a potential new sighting of her missing son, which is now under police investigation.

Debbie, aged 55, said that a person has claimed to have seen Jay walking alongside two other men last Monday evening. She said: "Someone has come forward to say they saw someone who they thought was Jay walking back down the road sat on a bench.

"He was with two men looking a bit worse for wear, and they were by a church, this guy has come forward and told the police about it and they are looking into it. We don't know if it was Jay for sure, but it's a start.

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"They said it was about 6pm which is ten hours after he was seen by the lady in the village. But if it was him what was he doing there and who are these two men?"

Efforts to locate Jay, 19, have intensified with search teams concentrating on a ravine close to his last known location. Search and rescue teams have been meticulously sifting through the area, which is strewn with dead palm trees along a river at the base of a hillside near a property he is believed to have visited, reports the Mirror.

The desperate search for Jay, an apprentice bricklayer from Lancashire, continues

Jay, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, vanished after attempting to walk back to his accommodation having missed a bus. He had been at the NRG music festival on the island with two friends prior to his disappearance.

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His mother Debbie, told the Mail: "All I know is that I am going to stay here for as long as it takes, I'm not going home unless it's with Jay. I'm not going anywhere until they find him."

She expressed her dissatisfaction with the fact that Spanish police had declined assistance from Lancashire Police while she had been unable to sleep for days due to the emotional turmoil.

Jay Slater

She added: "I had a screaming and shouting day when I had the meeting with the police. I know the Spanish police mean well, but the problem we are having is the language barrier, we just don't seem to be getting told. I'm sure they are doing their best.

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"They informed me they had utilised dogs and drones and then mentioned that Lancashire Police had offered their resources but they turned it down, but I think that would have really helped.

"I would feel happier if our people were over helping. It's just so difficult not knowing where he is, the area and the terrain is rough, but the police were saying that now there are too many people up there and it could interfere with their investigation."