Missing Jay Slater's mum issues fresh update on GoFundMe page

Debbie Duncan pictured with son Jay Slater
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Jay Slater's mother has provided an update on the GoFundMe page dedicated to aiding the family in their search for the missing teenager. In a heartfelt message, she expressed gratitude for the overwhelming support received during this distressing period and outlined how the donations are being utilised.

She posted: "Hi again everyone. Your generosity has been vast, and we are so grateful for all of your support and kindness during this unimaginable time for our family.

"As I said in my official statement, the Spanish police conducted a land search for 12 days which involved every resource they had available. Although the land search ended, the Spanish police still continue with their investigations into why Jay had travelled to the location so far away from his accommodation."

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The mother also acknowledged the tireless work of volunteers and the assistance being provided to British searchers in Tenerife: "We offer our sincere thanks to the Spanish authorities, who continue to follow lines of inquiries. In the meantime, we will continue to use part of the funds to support the volunteers working hard in the mountains to find Jay."

"We are currently looking after Paul Arnott, putting together a package of any equipment and essentials he needs and going up to do a drop for him. We are also supporting Callum Fahim and his group with accommodation and other essentials.", reports the Mirror.

"The remaining funds will continue to be used to support the rescue teams who are tirelessly searching for Jay as well as our own expenses as we remain in Tenerife looking for our boy."

"We will continue to keep you all updated on the progress on our GoFundMe page, and we thank you for your continued support. Please keep sharing and supporting our fundraiser to help us bring Jay home."

Paul Arnott, a British TikToker, travelled to Tenerife after hearing that Jay had gone missing and has been documenting his search efforts on the island. He was part of a small group that took part in what was expected to be a "massive" search across difficult terrain last weekend.

While Ms Duncan has commended the Spanish police involved in the search, Mr Arnott has expressed disappointment with the official response, criticising the weekend's search as merely a "massive PR thing".

In a TikTok video, he commented: "So guys I've literally been waiting for absolutely ages now, this is a massive PR thing I'm telling you now... There's people everywhere, literally people everywhere and nobody is doing anything."