Missing Jay Slater's mum issues new statement as she helps in Tenerife search

Jay Slater pictured with mum Debbie Duncan
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Debbie Duncan, the mother of Jay Slater, a teenager who has been missing in Tenerife for nearly three weeks, has shared an update on the search efforts. She expressed her gratitude towards a local hiking group that is mapping out routes and to the 'wonderful group of locals' volunteering their time.

Mrs Duncan also mentioned that 'experienced groups' have reached out to offer assistance with the search operations. Although the police have ceased their search, she noted that volunteers are still eager to help and posted this information on the GoFundMe appeal page.

"Hello everyone, I wanted to give you all an update on our continued efforts to find our Jay," Mrs Duncan wrote. "We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and support we have received and would like to thank the local hiking group for all of their help planning the routes to find our Jay. We have been contacted by a wonderful group of locals who have volunteered to continue the search."

She added, "While they don't wish to accept financial help for their search, we will be supporting them with supplies and are so grateful for their willingness to help."

Furthermore, Mrs Duncan stated, "We also continue to be contacted by experienced groups offering to support our search. We are busy talking to them about what they can do to assist. But in order for us to employ their help, they need to have permission from the Spanish authorities.", reports the Manchester Evening News.

"We will be sure to keep you all updated on our progress and are so grateful for your continued support to bring our boy home. Please keep sharing and supporting our fundraiser however you can."

Teenager Jay, from Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire, vanished on the Spanish island on June 17. He was last observed departing an Airbnb in the north of the island, near the village of Masca, at about 8am that day.

The young man, who was vacationing with friends Lucy Law, 18, and Brad Hargreaves, 19, had been enjoying a night out at the Papagayo nightclub in Playa de las Americas. After the club, he left with two British men to return to their holiday accommodation.

His final recorded whereabouts was the Rural de Teno Park in the north of Tenerife a considerable distance, roughly an 11-hour trek, from where he was staying.

At approximately 8.30am on the day he went missing, Jay rang Lucy to inform her he was lost, without water, and his phone battery was nearly depleted, showing just 1 per cent charge. That call was the last contact anyone had with him.

Following an extensive search operation in the challenging and rugged landscape, authorities suspended the ground search efforts for the teenager nearly two weeks after his disappearance.

On June 30, the police announced that while they would respond to any new leads or information received, the intensive search activities that had been underway since the apprentice bricklayer was reported missing would come to a halt.

Meanwhile, detectives have informed a judge that they have not found any evidence of criminal activity in relation to Jay's disappearance, treating it as a missing persons investigation.