Madeleine McCann cop urges Jay Slater family to do one thing as search called off

A retired detective who investigated Madeleine McCann and Nicola Bulley's disappearance has urged missing Jay Slater's family to fund a private search following Spain's decision to call off the search. On Sunday, June 30, the search for Jay entered its 14th day, with Tenerife's Civil Guard confirming they were halting all attempts to find the 19-year-old, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire.

Jay was last seen two weeks ago when he informed a friend he was walking back to his digs after missing a bus - a journey that would take around 11 hours on foot. Former British cop Mark Williams-Thomas, who is working alongside Jay's family in Tenerife, revealed he advised them to bring in a team of experts to carry out their own private search to continue the hunt.

Speaking from the island in the hours after the search officially came to an end, the 54-year-old told the Mirror: "The police have put considerable resources into searching for Jay and of course it is very disappointing for the family that the search by the police has now ended.

"I have advised the family to use the GoFundMe money to bring in a large team of experts to flood the area from where we know Jay last was." The online fundraiser, which was set up by Jay's close pal Lucy Mae Law, 18, and is titled 'Get Jay Slater home' last night reached nearly £44,000.

Earlier this week, Jay's mother Debbie Duncan, 55, confirmed the money would begin to be withdrawn from the GoFundMe to pay for food and accommodation for Jay's family to stay in Tenerife, and to fly more loved ones out to the island to sustain the search.

The news comes as six volunteers joined a "macro search" with help from the Spanish Police on Saturday. Jay's dad Warren and older brother Zak also visited the search site that day and offered a new update from the family's side of things. Warren, 58, is estranged, but on good terms with Debbie.

Speaking about Saturday's search operation, he said: “It’s a bit disappointing that there are no British apart from [British TikTokker] Paul, but I suppose to them he’s just a British lad who’s come out here and got drunk.

“I’m grateful to those who have come out here because you can see just how dangerous it is and what gets me is the trollers who are having a go at us for not searching. It’s not the local park, these are big mountains, the terrain is dangerous, put yourself in our position would you go out in these conditions? It’s tough, it’s hard, we are leaving it to the professionals and I’m grateful for those who have turned out today and I want to thank them for what they are doing.”

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