Missing Jay Slater search in Tenerife continues as 'eerie signs of life' found

The ongoing search for Jay Slater has intensified as the hunt for the missing teenager approaches its third week. Jay Slater, 19, from Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire, vanished on June 17 while on the Spanish island. He was last seen departing an Airbnb in the north of the island, near the village of Masca, at about 8am that day.

Slater, who was enjoying a holiday with friends Lucy Law, 18, and Brad Hargreaves, 19, had been out at the Papagayo nightclub in Playa de las Americas. After leaving the club, he was reported to have gone back to their rented accommodation with two British men.

His final known whereabouts were in Rural de Teno Park in the north of Tenerife approximately an 11-hour trek from where he was staying.

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At roughly 8.30am on the day he disappeared, Jay made a call to Lucy, informing her he was lost, without water, and his phone battery was down to 1%. That call was the last contact anyone had with him, reports the Manchester Evening News.

On Sunday, ex-Metropolitan Police officer Mark Williams-Thomas suggested that Mr Slater's disappearance could be connected to an "established criminal network". More details on his full statement can be found here.

Mr Williams-Thomas, who has travelled to Tenerife to investigate, earlier claimed that Slater had allegedly 'taken a £12,000 Rolex' prior to his disappearance and felt 'scared' when he departed the Airbnb. Ayub Qassim, the last person to see Jay Slater, spoke out this week, stating: "He came to my Airbnb alive and he left my Airbnb alive."

Over the weekend, journalists on site reported discovering 'eerie signs of life' in the ravine where Jay vanished. On Saturday, an update was posted on the GoFundMe appeal page by Jay's mother, Debbie Duncan.

Jay's heartbroken family, including his mother Debbie, father Warren Slater and older brother Zak, remain in Tenerife as they persist in their quest for answers regarding his disappearance.

Debbie expressed that the family has been 'overwhelmed by kindness and support'. She disclosed that a local hiking group have been 'planning routes' for a 'wonderful group of locals' who have volunteered to continue the search.

On Friday, Brad Hargreaves, a friend of Jay's, lashed out at internet trolls, expressing disbelief that anyone could think he had a role in Jay's disappearance. He also seemed to reject a theory widely circulated on social media suggesting that Tenerife's drug scene might have contributed to Jay's disappearance, including allegations that the 19 year old's friends were 'drug mules'.

This came on the same day as a chilling new theory from an army officer who suggested that Jay's mobile 'may have been thrown' prior to his disappearance.

After nearly two weeks of searching for the teenager in the expansive and mountainous landscape, the ground search for him was called off by police earlier this week. On June 30, they announced that officers would continue to follow up on any leads or other information received, but the active investigation that has been underway since the apprentice bricklayer was reported missing would come to a halt.

On Monday, detectives informed a judge that they have uncovered no evidence of criminal activity in relation to Jay's disappearance, treating it as a missing persons investigation.