Missing Jay Slater's dad says 'everything stinks' as search goes on in Tenerife

Jay Slater's dad Warren and his brother Zak
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The devastated father of missing teenager Jay Slater has described the hunt for his son as 'like a riddle' he's sadly yet to solve.

Warren Slater, accompanied by a ten-strong team of volunteers, conducted an exhaustive search this Saturday in Tenerife's treacherous mountain region, where 19 year old Jay is thought to have disappeared. Photos documenting their efforts have been shared.

The group pressed on through sweltering 25C heat for several hours as they combed through the Valley of Barranco de Juan Lopez, near the village of Masca. The difficult conditions and hardy terrain took a toll, with Mr Slater admitting: "It's the fourth time I've done this. It was hard, I nearly put my eye out."

Furthermore, Mr Slater expressed the family's growing concern over the investigation's progress. Speaking to the Mirror, he implored: "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."

His plea comes after Jay's mother reported that 'a wonderful group of locals' had come forward to assist in finding her missing child, reports the Manchester Evening News.

In a recent update, Jay's mother, Debbie Duncan, mentioned that 'experienced groups' have reached out to lend their expertise in the desperate quest to find Jay. The teenager has now been missing in Tenerife for close to three weeks since disappearing after a music festival on the island.

An apprentice bricklayer hailing from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, has been reported missing in Spain after last being spotted on June 17 as he left an Airbnb residence near the village of Masca, located in the island's north.

The 18 year old, who was vacationing with his mates Lucy, 18, and Brad Hargreaves, 19, had been partying at Playa de las Americas' Papagayo nightclub prior to leaving with two British males whom they had met at the club that evening.

The family are in state of confusion as they can't comprehend why the Spanish police have disregarded these two men suspiciously quickly as potential culprits.

"My starting position, I've said this from day one, ask the two men who've taken him. And then start from there."

Mr Slater commented on the incident.

He provided a hypothetical situation saying: "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."

He continued to criticise Spanish procedural law by adding: "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."

Lastly, Mr Slater voiced his disappointment with the official efforts put forth by local police for locating his son. He declared: "I was quite disappointed last Saturday when they did the search, they said the whole island was going to turn out. Let all the big boys do it, the police told me the big, big search was Saturday."

"We got down in that valley at 2pm and there wasn't a soul. The way they made it out when they said they were going to have the biggest ever search."

Mr Slater recounted, expressing his disappointment at the turnout for the search operation.

He detailed the timing of the walk from the Airbnb to the valley, which took 90 minutes, noting the area is a well-trodden tourist path with many visitors coming daily to admire the views.

Mr Slater questioned the circumstances, saying: "You've walked from that bnb at 9am you've walked all the way up here, he's a young fit lad, all the way. You're trying to tell me no car, no one's seen him at half past 10. Why would you go down there? You've got to end why go any further? Why would you leave this road? You haven't got a clue where you are."

He continued, frustrated by the lack of witnesses: "And no one else has 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? ".

Reflecting on the desperation of the situation, he implored: "If your son was here what would you do? If he was at the top of that rock you'd climb it. You need Columbo. The two guys, why they took him to that bed and breakfast. So when you get home get me a Columbo."