Jay Slater's mum shares new search update amid major setback

The Slater family have been conducting their own search of the area
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Jay Slater's mother has provided a fresh update on the ongoing search efforts via the GoFundMe page to "bring him home" despite a setback.

Earlier this week, Jay's family expressed their continued hope of finding him and initiated a new search for the missing 19 year old. Jay's father and brother joined forces with 10 volunteers to comb through the perilous mountains of Tenerife, where Jay is believed to have disappeared.

Despite the scorching 25C heat, the team conducted a thorough search in the Valley of Barranco de Juan Lopez, close to the village of Masca where the teenager was last seen.

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Last night, Jay's mother Debbie posted an update on the fundraising page that was created shortly after his disappearance. In her post, she expressed gratitude for all the assistance and support received. She also mentioned a significant obstacle that could impede the search efforts, reports the Mirror.

Debbie wrote: "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 has revealed that while there's an outpouring of support from experienced search and rescue teams ready to aid in the hunt for her son, bureaucratic hurdles are proving to be a stumbling block. The Spanish authorities hold the key to allowing these experts to join the effort.

She elaborated: "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, uncle to the missing teenager and brother to Jay's mother Debbie, has become actively involved in the search which is now entering its third harrowing week. Describing the ordeal as "just torture" he shared insights from the ongoing efforts: "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 over the lack of communication from local authorities: "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 clings to hope, drawing parallels with another high-profile missing person case: "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."

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