Mystery of Fleetwood man who disappeared in Tenerife 20 years before Jay Slater

The disappearance of Jay Slater in Tenerife has chilling echoes to the case of a Lancashire man who went missing on the island 20 years ago.

Apprentice bricklayer Jay, 19, disappeared on June 17 in the remote Rural de Teno area of Tenerife while holidaying for a three-day music festival with friends.

The teen left his pals to travel to a quiet Airbnb with two other partygoers in the early hours of the Monday and attempted to walk back to his accommodation that morning.

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Jay began the treacherous 11-hour trek on foot and called a friend to tell her that his phone was on one percent battery, he was thirsty and had cut his leg on a cactus. An official search has now been called off, but Jay's family have been told by Spanish cops they can employ their own search teams.

Twenty years before Jay went missing in Tenerife, a young Brit, also from Lancashire, vanished on the island, reports The Mirror.

Promoter Kevin Ainley, 24, was from Fleetwood, Lancashire, and moved to the tourist area of Playa de las Americas three months before disappearing on June 14, 2004.

He was last sighted walking in the direction of a bar called the Sportsman handing out flyers. His passport and belongings were found in his apartment.

Spanish police launched an investigation which Lancashire Police later reviewed but Kevin was never found. In a 2016 appeal, his sister Gemma Brooke said the family was "desperate for answers". She said: "It is no exaggeration to say we have been put through 12 years of hell. Somebody must know something."

She added: "I just hope that if someone does know something they can find it in their hearts to come forward and help put us out of our misery." Then on June 13 this year, just a few days before Jay vanished, she posted on a Facebook page dedicated to his case: "Never gets easier... the pit of empty space that lives in our family. I miss you terribly r kid."

Jay's phone last 'pinged' somewhere in the mountainous region near the village of Masca, where Spanish police focused their search before officially calling it off last Sunday.

But his parents, Debbie and Warren, brother Zak, and close family and friends, have vowed to continue the hunt to find the Lancashire teen and remain in Spain looking for answers, with the help of a £45,000 GoFundMe raised by kind strangers and the aid of a former police detective and voluntary mountain climber.

Debbie has spoken of the family's suffering in a statement released by British overseas missing persons charity LBT Global. She said: "We are a very close family and are absolutely devastated about his disappearance. Words cannot describe the pain and agony we are experiencing. He is our beautiful boy with his whole life ahead of him and we just want to find him."

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