Mum and step-dad of missing Jay Slater: Cruel trolls told us 'he's been found'

Jay Slater is missing in Tenerife
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At 7.05am this morning Debbie Duncan did up her seatbelt before her TUI plane taxied away from Terminal 2 at Manchester Airport.

Just over four and-a-half hours later the Boeing 787, with Debbie and her oldest son Zak onboard, landed at Tenerife Sur Airport. But Debbie hadn't flown to the Spanish island for a holiday - she was there to join the search for her 19-year-old son Jay.

Jay, an apprentice bricklayer at Accrington and Rossendale College, had gone to Tenerife with his friends Lucy and Brad to attend the three-day NRG music festival. But on Monday morning he was reported missing after failing to return to their hotel room.

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Jay, who was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, shorts and trainers and carrying a black bag, had called his friend Lucy at around 8.50am on Monday to tell her that he was planning on walking back to their resort. It was an 11-hour trek through Teno National Park.

At around 2.30pm today (Tuesday June 18) Debbie posted an appeal on Facebook in which she confirmed that her son was still missing. Her partner of 11 years, Andy, has stayed behind at the family home in Oswaldtwistle to wait for news.

"So many people have got in touch via Facebook," Andy, 63, told LancsLive at the family home in Oswaldtwistle. "Loads have been sharing Debbie's posts and every mum who has a child out there has gone to help."

Andy with Jay's mum Debbie
Andy with Jay's mum Debbie -Credit:Family photo

Andy, who works for Hyndburn Borough Council, said that while the majority of people have been helpful, some content on social media has been hurtful.

"Some people have been posting on Facebook 'I believe he's been found' which isn't helpful. Debbie has been getting mixed messages and that's only added to the worry."

Andy said that he and Debbie have gone on holiday to Tenerife in the past. While many assume the Spanish island to be built-up it also has pockets of "desolate areas" such as that where Jay's last known location was logged by his phone.

Andy had planned to go into work today but decided to stay at home by the phone with the family's dog Buster. His daughter Sam is supporting him as he desperately awaits news from Debbie.

"I just hope that he's gone to another party," Andy added.