Jay Slater's mum says 'new sighting' is being investigated in Tenerife search update

Jay Slater's mum Debbie Duncan fears her son has been taken
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The mother of missing teenager Jay Slater has pledged to remain in Tenerife for "as long as it takes' to find her son. The 19-year-old from Lancashire disappeared on Monday morning, sparking a major search operation now in its sixth day.

Jay had attended the NRG music festival with friends the previous night. Reports suggest he then travelled back to the rural village of Masca with acquaintances he met there, staying in a secluded Airbnb holiday let before reportedly setting off into the mountains on foot.

His distraught mother, Debbie Duncan, has vowed to stay on the Spanish island for "as long as it takes" as the investigation continues. "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," she told the Mail.

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Debbie also said there'd been a potential sighting of her missing son. She said someone reported seeing a person walking 'back down the road' and sitting 'on a bench' with two other men around 6pm on Monday.

"But if it was him what was he doing there and who are these two men?" she said. The Civil Guard, leading the investigation into Jay's disappearance, has yet to confirm this sighting, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Debbie Duncan - mum of missing teenager Jay Slater - gives an interview to ITV News
Debbie Duncan - mum of missing teenager Jay Slater - gives an interview to ITV News -Credit:ITV News

The latest update from the force to the MEN detailed how specialists were conducting a search of the surrounding Masca area.

Civil Guard officers, mountain rescue teams, and police drones and helicopters have been mobilised in the search. Civil Defence officers at the search base informed the MEN that the expansive area, divided into three separate ravines, spans approximately 30km.

As of Friday afternoon, there were 'no developments'.