Missing Jay Slater's best friend addresses accusations and says 'people need to know the facts'

Jay Slater's best friend has slammed trolls who have thrown around "drug mule" accusations. The teen's disappearance in Tenerife has sparked many conspiracy theories - but one pal has said: "People need to know the facts."

The 19-year-old was believed to have left a rave with two British men before vanishing, and was thought to have stayed the night at an Airbnb in the middle of a rural village. Jay attempted to make his way back to Los Christianos, where he had been staying with friends Lucy Law and Brad Hargreaves, on June 17 - but despite a huge two-week-long search operation, he has not been seen since.

The Mirror reports that Jay's best pal, Brad has now hit out at those who have branded him a "drug mule". Taking to Instagram to defend himself, he wrote: “Thinkin' I’m involved in it all is beyond me."

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He continued: "We’ve been mates for years, came on our first holiday together and unfortunately, this has happened. We ain’t drug mules or whatever... people need to know the facts before talking s*** on the internet...”

Lucy was believed to be the last person to speak to Jay before he disappeared. She previously said Jay had called her on the morning he went missing and said he was disoriented, needed water, and that his phone was on one percent battery.

Jay's mum, Debbie Duncan said her family were "extremely overwhelmed" by the kindness of local hikers, who were trying to track the teenager down, despite the official search being abruptly called off by Spanish police.

A family message posted on Facebook read: “Debbie and family would like to thank the local hiking group who have worked tirelessly planning routes and searching for Jay they are extremely overwhelmed with the kindness of them all. Thank you.”