Jay Slater's mum shares GoFundMe update as search hits major setback

The Slater family have been conducting their own search of the area
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Jay Slater's mother today provided an update on the GoFundMe page set up to support efforts to "bring him home".

This week, Jay's family maintained their "holding on to hope" stance as they initiated a new search for the missing 19-year- old. Jay's dad and brother, along with 10 volunteers, braved the challenging terrain of Tenerife's mountains where Jay is believed to have gone missing.

In sweltering 25C temperatures, the team combed the Valley of Barranco de Juan Lopez, close to Masca village, where the teen was last seen. Last night, Jay's mum Debbie posted an update on the fundraising platform, expressing gratitude for the overwhelming help and support received. She also mentioned a significant obstacle that could impede the search.

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Debbie said: "We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and support we have received and would like to thank the local hiking group for all of their help planning the routes to find our Jay. We have been contacted by a wonderful group of locals who have volunteered to continue the search. While they don't wish to accept financial help for their search, we will be supporting them with supplies and are so grateful for their willingness to help."

Debbie said he's being approached by experienced search and rescue organisations offering their assistance. However, these experts might be turned away as the green light must come from Spanish authorities, reports the Mirror. Debbie hasn't provided details on how Spanish officials are reacting to these offers.

She added: "We also continue to be contacted by experienced groups offering to support our search. We are busy talking to them about what they can do to assist. But in order for us to employ their help, they need to have permission from the Spanish authorities.

"We will be sure to keep you all updated on our progress and are so grateful for your continued support to bring our boy home. Please keep sharing and supporting our fundraiser however you can."

Glen Duncan, 41, the missing teenager's uncle and Debbie's brother, has joined the search efforts. Describing the situation as "just torture" he described the day searching with Spanish volunteers. He said: "We've just been out with some Spanish volunteers. They've been through it by foot and the dogs, there's obviously been areas searched by helicopter and drones. For me, he's not up here. That's what I get the impression of."

He expressed frustration about the lack of communication from local authorities adding: "Who knows what the police are doing out here, who knows? They're not really in touch, it's all a bit sketchy. They don't give anything away. I was close to Jay. He was just a typical, great young lad with a massive circle of friends who loved the good time. He was looking forward to coming here. First lads holiday, we've all been there, haven't we?"

The uncle added: "We're still holding onto hope - we have to because we don't know. He's not been found so you've got to cling on. I'm sure Madeleine McCann's parents still cling to that hope, that she's somewhere on the other side of the world 20 years later. She's never been found and there's no proof of whatever has happened to her. It's so treacherous down there. Look at the state of me. I'm not a climber, I'm not a hiker."

Describing the search efforts, he said: "It's so easy to get lost down there. There was a group of us and you can't see anybody. It got to a point where I wasn't even looking for my nephew, I was just trying to find my own way out to safety. If he has wandered off I just can't see how he would wander all the way down there. When you're lost you stick to a path. I don't know if he was afraid of someone or something."