Key details on missing British teenager Jay Slater in Tenerife

Jay Slater
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Jay Slater, a 19 year old British apprentice bricklayer from Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire, is still missing on the island of Tenerife. His last known contact with friends was on Monday.

Jay had travelled to the island for the NRG music festival and was last seen by his friends on Sunday evening during a night out. He later went to stay with people he met that night.

Sky News reported that Jay's friend, Lucy Mae, was the last person to hear from him at 8.15am local time. He called her to say he was lost, his phone battery was down to one percent, and he needed water. Lucy revealed that Jay had met someone during their night out who drove him back in a hire car, not realising the distance involved.

Jay was left stranded in the Rural de Teno park near the village of Masca, a remote area popular with hikers. With his phone soon running out of battery, Jay was forced to walk - a journey that would have taken him 11 hours, reports Chronicle Live. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, shorts, trainers and carrying a black bag.

A major search operation is underway on the Spanish island, with the Spanish Guardia Civil and local police forces joining forces. The search party includes police dogs, mountain rescue teams, and numerous friends and family of Jay.

Additionally, a police helicopter has been deployed in the effort to locate Jay. The Guardia Civil has indicated that their efforts are concentrated around the village of Masca and its neighbouring regions.

Jay's distressed mother Debbie Duncan, who arrived in Tenerife earlier in the week and has since been joined by Jay's father Warren, confirmed that his passport was discovered in his holiday flat.

Debbie, speaking on Wednesday amidst the ongoing police searches which have yet to yield any sign of the 19 year old, expressed her anxiety: "I haven't slept since all this began and I've no plans to go up to the search site right now. I've been warned I'd be beside myself when I see how rocky it is and I probably haven't got the strength right now. I just want to be here for if he does turn up but I've got a bad feeling."

Accrington and Rossendale College, where Jay was pursuing his apprenticeship, released a statement saying: "We are deeply concerned about the recent news regarding one of our apprentices, Jay Slater, who has gone missing while on holiday in Tenerife. Our thoughts at this worrying time are with Jay's family and friends."

A spokeswoman for the Civil Guard in Tenerife has confirmed that officers are diligently working to "investigate all the possibilities" surrounding the case. She also verified that an extensive search operation is currently underway, with efforts today shifting focus to the tourist-heavy southern regions of the island.

The British Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office has stepped in, stating their involvement in supporting the family and maintaining communication with Spanish law enforcement agencies.

NRG, the organisers behind the music festival that brought Jay to Tenerife, had promised attendees a "weekend of electrifying music, stunning visuals, and innovative productions" for its inaugural Tenerife Weekender Festival. The event kicked off with a lively opening party at Xanadu, running from 6pm until 2am.

In light of recent events, NRG took to Instagram stories to circulate a missing person notice for Jay, providing both Spanish and English versions. The post included a photograph of Jay and stated: "We share your concern for Jay Slater from Lancashire who was on the island for NRG Tenerife this weekend and has been reported missing."

It continued, revealing that "He was last heard from by friends at around 8:50 am on Monday, June 17, when he is believed to have been near the village of Masca. We have been working in the background from the first reporting of this."

The statement concluded with an urgent call to action, urging anyone with potential information to come forward: "Local authorities are coordinating a search, and we are in touch with Jay's family and friends who have issued an appeal for information. Anyone who may be able to help and is in Tenerife should contact the emergency services on 112."

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