Missing Jay Slater's dad pleads 'I just want the boy back' on visit to site where son was last seen

Firefighters near to the village of Masca, Tenerife amid the search for Jay Slater
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The father of missing teenager Jay Slater made a heart-wrenching visit to the search site, tearfully pleading: "I just want the boy back".

Warren Slater, 58, was accompanied by Jay's brother Zak at the location in Masca, close to where the apprentice bricklayer vanished after 8am on Monday. As the search operation entered its sixth day with police and mountain rescue teams at work, Warren and Zak, joined by nine of Jay's friends, gathered for support.

This marked the first occasion that Jay's family had been to the search area. In a poignant moment, Warren and Zak, 24, embraced each other while surveying the ongoing efforts. Emotions ran high as the two were also seen crying at the holiday rental from which Jay disappeared, reports the Mirror.

Jay's mother Debbie, 55, who is separated from Warren, found herself unable to attend. Debbie expressed her fatigue and hope, saying: "I'm just exhausted. I'm still hopeful. I'm not feeling negative just yet. I know it's five days."

She continued, revealing her advised absence from the search: "It's not just that they've said absolutely not. I don't know what it's been like today because I've been advised to stay away because I would just break down."

Reflecting on the possibility of Jay being nearby, she added: "My boy might be just up there somewhere. We're all devastated. He's just a normal boy from a little town in Lancashire. These things don't happen."

Debbie, maintaining contact with her son during his Tenerife trip, shared: "I was in touch with him while he is in Tenerife. He was just holidaying away, he'd saved up and was looking forward to it."

Highlighting her distress, she concluded: "I've not slept for five days. My brain isn't functioning well and I'm tired and exhausted."