Missing Jay Slater search ramps up in Tenerife as police plan 'massive' operation

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Tenerife police are urging volunteers to participate in a large-scale search operation for Jay Slater due to commence this weekend.

The Tenerife Civil Guard announced today that they are seeking volunteers to assist in the extensive search across local countryside. The operation is now entering its 12th day. Angel Sanz Coronado, the chief of Tenerife Civil Guard, stated that the "mass search" will kick off early on Saturday morning, reports The Mirror.

He explained: "Following the disappearance on June 17 of the young 19-year-old British man in the area of Masca, belonging to the municipality of Buenavista del Norte, the Civil Guard is prepared to carry out a mass search. Given that it is a steep, rocky area, full of uneven terrain and with many ravines, tracks and trails, we request the collaboration of all those Volunteer Associations that can help in this planned search that is intended to be carried out in a directed and co-ordinated way."

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"This massive search will begin on Saturday 29 June at 9am. A meeting point will be established at the Mirador de la Cruz de Hilda in Masca to start the search in a logical and orderly way along the many paths and ravines that are found in Masca."

The force further clarified in its statement that any volunteers wishing to join the search should contact the civil guard via telephone before 8pm this evening. A spokesperson added: "Volunteers must contact the Civil Guard by telephone (0034) 696434031, before 8pm on Friday, June 28."

The police are keen to recruit additional individuals with the necessary expertise to assist in the ongoing search operation, emphasising that they are not seeking amateurs lacking the required experience. A spokesperson made it clear that the force is not calling upon the "unexperienced" general public to participate in the search but is instead looking for experts familiar with the local terrain as well as professional volunteers such as firefighters and Civil Protection workers.

Jay was reported missing on June 17 after he left a rave festival with two British men the previous weekend. He had been staying with them in an Airbnb and is believed to have tried to make his way home before he disappeared.