Missing Jay Slater's dad said the search for his son 'stinks' and is 'like a riddle'

Jay Slater and his dad, Warren
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Jay Slater's frustrated father said they were "going round and round in circles" in the search for his missing son. He described it as a "riddle" he didn't know the answer to and fumed that "everything stinks",

Warren Slater spent hours scouring a mountainous area of Tenerife where the 19-year-old vanished on Saturday. He was joined by a team of 10 volunteers as they searched rugged terrain in 25C heat.

The Mirror reports he said: “It’s the fourth time I’ve done this. It was hard, I nearly put my eye out. Tell me where I look, I can only go off the last sighting, the woman in that restaurant saw him going the wrong way. Which human being lets a young boy go the wrong way? Everything stinks. It’s just a riddle and I don’t know the answer.”

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Jay, an apprentice bricklayer, was spotted leaving an Airbnb on the Spanish island on June 17. He'd been on holiday with two friends and had been partying at the Papagayo nightclub, before leaving the event with two British men to go back to the rented property.

His dad said he couldn’t understand why the police had ruled the two men out so quickly. He said: “My starting position, I’ve said this from day one, ask the two men who’ve taken him. And then start from there. If you and me in England had taken a young girl to the Lake District, do you think they would have let us go back to Spain?

"We’re going round and round in circles. The Spanish police, you can’t go screaming and shouting at them because they don’t do anything. If you start screaming and shouting they won’t do anything even more. If they want to go and search a house they have to go to court first.”

Jay's dad said he'd timed the walk from the Airbnb to the valley they had been searching and said it had taken 90 minutes along a busy tourist route. He said: “You’re trying to tell me no car, no one’s seen him.

“One woman, he’s knocked on her door, she said at 10 and he went the wrong way. This morning I saw her, she didn’t want to stop. It’s somebody’s son, you know if you’re the last person to see someone’s son you try your damndest to help, don’t you?"