Jay Slater's uncle 'baffled from day one' about one crucial decision made by Tenerife police

Jay Slater's heartbroken uncle said he has been "baffled from day one" about one crucial decision made by Tenerife police as he branded the three-week-long search a "massive let down".

Glen Duncan brother of Jay's mum Debbie, spoke out as he joined the search for the Oswaldtwistle teenager who was last heard from on the morning of June 17. The 41-year-old spoke of his devastation at the apprentice bricklayer's disappearance and raised doubts about why the pair who were staying in an Airbnb were Jay was last seen were dismissed as irrelevant by the Spanish authorities so swiftly.

Jay's last known location was when he left an Airbnb near the village of Masca around 8am. The youngster had been holidaying with friends Lucy Law, 18, and Brad Hargreaves, 19, and having a good time at the Papagayo nightclub in Playa de las Americas.

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After the party, he left with two British men to return to their Airbnb nestled near the remote hamlet of Masca, an area surrounded by unforgiving mountainous terrain. Lucy, who was the last person to have contact with Jay before he went missing three weeks ago, posted a heartfelt tribute featuring a picture of them together, accompanied by a crying emoji.

The Airbnb where Jay was last seen is owned by Ayub Qassim, a convicted drug dealer. The 31-year-old has stated: "I let the geezer stay at mine because he had nowhere else to go.

"His friends had all left him. I know Jay, through friends, I'm not going to bring someone back to mine if I don't know them. I'm doing the geezer a favour and now my face is all over the news. It's a bit mental. I haven't even done anything."

He also remarked: "The only comment I have to make is that Jay came to the house alive, and he left the house alive."

Despite considerable efforts, the search operation run by Tenerife officials wrapped up last weekend after a 14-day duration. The Spanish cops, during their extensive inquiries, reiterated numerous times that the two Brit men - who rented out the Airbnb where Jay was staying before he vanished - have 'no relevance' to the investigation and have flown home to the UK.

Mr Duncan said: "It baffled me from day one. How can you say they have no relevance when they are two of the last people to see him alive. It doesn't make sense. I can't get my head around it. It's like if one of you guys going missing now and letting the rest of you fly home and say we're not bothered about it. It's a massive let down. It's one of them too - you don't want to give them a hammering. I can't step on their toes."

"We need to keep good relations. That's why it's just so awkward I want to keep it out there. There's 10 of us out today. I don't know how long we're going to be out here for. How long's a piece of string? [Jay's mum and dad] Debbie and Warren won't be going anywhere."

Jay's uncle has spoken out saying he has been 'thinking third party involvement from the start'. "If he's gone on a trail like a path like this and he's got lost there or fallen down I think he would have been found by now. I've been thinking third party involvement from the start. There's just some things that have already been out there. Why would two lads hire a villa up here? They're down on the strip, you know what it's like down there," said Mr Duncan, the Mirror has reported.

"There's millions of apartments and hotels down there in Los Cristianos and Las Americas. Straight away, that's just suspicious in itself. Then apparently one who has been found came out and said he arrived alive and left alive. That line in itself is suspicious. The fact he has come out and said all his mates have left him and he had nowhere to go, he was 10 minutes from his apartment in Los Cristianos. He's not stupid. If he didn't have a room key he could have gone to reception for a replacement.

"I don't know what the police are taking seriously. I don't know if they're following up every single lead. I feel like marching down there myself and bursting into the police station. What are they actually doing now, the police, I mean they're not searching with the helicopter are they? Are they doing door to door inquiries or sitting there looking at CCTV images?"

Mr Duncan added: "Jay was a typical 19 year old lad, so family oriented. He was great with my two daughters which a lot of 19 year olds aren't. A lot of 19 year old lads shy away from children."

"It's just torture every day. It's got to a point now where the sadness has gone and it's just anger."

Mr Duncan also mentioned that there has been scant recent contact with Jay's friend Lucy Law - the last person known to have spoken to him. Rachel Hargreaves, a weary family friend and mum of Brad, shared: "We're just looking for him, we can't find him, we can't find him. I'm here supporting the family, trying to find Jay the best we can."

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