Missing Jay Slater's family receive help from unlikely source in Tenerife

Missing Jay Slater's family are being helped by a mountaineering mayor as the mystery behind the 19-year-old's disappearance remains unsolved. Zak, Jay's brother, as well as dad Warren and mum Debbie Duncan, are still in Tenerife in the Canary Islands three weeks on from Jay vanishing.

Shane Yerrell spent two days searching the area where the 19-year-old was last seen, alongside his family. Shane, who is mayor of Waltham Abbey in Essex and has previously climbed Kilimanjaro and Mount Olympus, said: "They're just living on hope."

He told the Mirror: "It's awful - they've got no answers. They don't know whether Jay is alive or dead." Shane said: "It's really not easy. I struggled on the mountain and so did his family, but it didn't bother them because their priority is powering through to find Jay.

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"The altitude and the heat makes it really difficult and the mountain is massive. You go over one edge and then there's another bit. It's unbelievable out there. It would take weeks or months to cover." The teenager was holidaying with friends Lucy Law, 18, and Brad Hargreaves, 19, and had been partying at the Papagayo nightclub in Playa de las Americas the night before he vanished.

He left the club with two British men, one named Ayub Qassim, 31, known by the nickname 'Johnny Vegas', and an unnamed second man, to head to their Airbnb rental near the remote village of Masca on the north of the island. Jay left the Airbnb on the Monday morning.

At around 8.30am, he called Lucy to say he was in the middle of nowhere, trying to get home with no water and 1 per cent on his phone battery. His last known location was in the Rural de Teno Park in the north of the Canary Island – which was about an 11-hour walk from his accommodation in Los Cristianos.