Jay Slater's uncle shares theory on 19-year-old being 'afraid of someone or something'

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As the desperate search continues, the family of Jay Slater have spoken of their fears over what caused the 19-year-old to go missing - raising concerns he may have been 'afraid of someone or something'.

The teenager's father, Warren, and his brother Zak were among a group of 10 volunteers who carried out a new, rigorous search over the mountainous landscape in Tenerife where the 19-year-old vanished. The team endured several hours amid searing 25C temperatures as they probed the valley close to Masca village today (July 6).

Joining them in the search for the missing teenager, who has now been unaccounted for nearly three weeks, was his uncle Glen Duncan. Mr Duncan has now spoken out about his feelings about the treacherous search area in the mountainous village and challenging ravines around it.

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He shared after the hours-long search: "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 onto 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.

"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."

Warren and Zak
Jay Slater's dad Warren and brother Zak join the search party in the search area in the valley below La Cruz de Hilda viewpoint, near Masca village -Credit:Simon Ashton

Apprentice bricklayer Jay, hailing from Oswaldtwistle, Lancs, vanished on the Spanish island on June 17. His last known sighting was as he left an Airbnb near the village of Masca at about 8am.

The young man, who was vacationing with friends Lucy, aged 18, and Brad Hargreaves, 19, had earlier been enjoying himself at the Papagayo nightclub in Playa de las Americas. After the party, he departed with two British men to return to their accommodation - an Airbnb in a mountainous village in the Masca area, surrounded by terrifying ravines and dangerous terrain.

The Airbnb where Jay was last seen is owned by Ayub Qassim, a convicted drug dealer.

Qassim 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."

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

Jay's family
Jay Slater’s dad Warren Slater and brother Zak on the mountain track where Jay’s phone position was last located in a previously searched by police and volunteers -Credit:Stan Kujawa

Despite extensive efforts, the search conducted by Spanish authorities concluded last weekend after 14 days.

Glen Duncan, the teenager's uncle, participated in the latest hunt for the youngster with his family, who has been missing for nearly three weeks now. Labelling every passing day as "just torture", he revealed their desperate wait for any news.

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."

Mr Duncan pointed out their limited contact with the 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?" reports the Mirror.