Jay Slater's 'real reason' for not waiting for a lift in Tenerife as told by a TV detective

L-R: Mark Williams-Thomas and Jay Slater
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A TV detective has disclosed the "real reason" Jay Slater didn't wait for a lift from a remote village to his accommodation in Tenerife on the day he disappeared. Mark Williams-Thomas stated that he interviewed a man named Ayub Qassim, 31, who claimed to have driven Mr Slater to an AirBnB in Masca after meeting him in Playa de las Americas in the south of the island.

Ayub Qassim reported that Jay, 19, left the AirBnB alive following a gathering that took place after a music festival he had been to.

Jay, hailing from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, was said to have been transported to Masca by Mr Qassim and another individual, both of whom Spanish police have not considered relevant to their investigation into Jay's disappearance.

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Mr Slater went missing after he embarked on a walk back to his lodging in Los Cristianos on June 17. It is thought that the apprentice bricklayer missed a bus and opted to walk the journey, which is approximately an 11-hour trek.

The search for the teenager was called off by Tenerife's Guardia Civil after extensive efforts involving helicopters, drones, and search dogs, reports the Express.

Mr Williams-Thomas, speaking to MailOnline, revealed that he had spoken to Mr Qassim, also referred to as "Johnny Vegas". The television investigator, conducting his own probe separate from the official police effort, alleges that Mr Qassim offered to drive Jay back the morning after the party in Playa de las Americas.

The former Met Police detective disclosed the "real reason" Mr Slater allegedly refused a lift later in the day, stating: "Qassim said to him 'Chill, mate, I'll drop you off later, when I wake up', but he said Jay said, 'Nah, I need some scran, I'm hungry'."

Jay is then said to have informed Mr Qassim that a woman had told him buses to Los Cristianos ran every 10 minutes, to which Mr Qassim reportedly responded there was no bus and told him, "Do what you like", before returning to bed.

Mr Williams-Thomas recounted that Mr Qassim remembered next receiving a call from one of Jay's friends saying he was found lying in a ditch, having been "bitten by a cactus". The detective also mentioned that Mr Qassim withheld the identity of the second man who accompanied Jay to Masca and declined to discuss the alleged theft of a Rolex watch, which some speculate is connected to Mr Slater's vanishing.

Nearly three weeks after his disappearance, the circumstances of Mr Slater's case remain shrouded in uncertainty. It's reported by MailOnline that Jay's holiday rental was a mere 10-minute journey from the nightclub hosting the music festival afterparty.

In the meantime, Mr Slater's family is said to be urgently appealing to the Spanish police for the use of drones and additional resources to search Rural de Teno park, where his mobile phone signal was last registered.

A source conveyed to the Sun the family's eagerness for approval to utilise the advanced equipment they've identified.

"They've been speaking to experts who have suggested items that could help - things like [radar] tracking gear, drones and kit which can help at night-time too."