Police issue major Jay Slater update in Tenerife after getting new leads

Jay Slater is still missing
-Credit: (Image: LancsLive)


Spanish authorities haven't given up hope as they continue the search for the missing British teen Jay Slater. Investigation is still active with several leads being pursued, according to a Civil Guard spokesperson who said: "The investigation is ongoing and several lines of inquiry are being pursued."

Jay, a 19 year old from Lancashire, was last seen on June 17 in a secluded area of Tennerife. The night before, he had attended the NRG festival with two mates, followed by an Airbnb stayover with two fellow Brits.

Warren, Jay's dad, along with Jay's brother Zak, have started their own search in the challenging mountain terrain where Jay's mobile was last detected. Warren made an earnest plea to British officials for assistance in finding his son on July 8.

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Lancashire Police remain steadfast in their decision not to send officers to aid the search, despite earlier offering help in locating the young lad which was turned down by local police.

Warren, whilst speaking to The Mirror from Santiago del Teidi - nestled beneath where Jay vanished, mentioned how their search has now broadened from the Valley of Barranco de Juan Lopez, where Jay's phone last transmitted a signal, to the adjacent valley of Los Carrizales, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Warren expressed the enormity of the task ahead, noting that it could take an army a decade to thoroughly search the rugged mountainous landscape and recounted how they had been led on "two wild goose chases" to derelict buildings where they hoped Jay might be found. Apprentice bricklayer Jay disappeared on the Spanish island on June 17.

Jay Slater's brother Zak and dad Warren
Jay Slater's brother Zak and dad Warren -Credit:Stan Kujawa

He was last seen leaving an Airbnb in the north of the island, close to the village of Masca. The young man, who was on holiday with his friends Lucy, 18, and Brad Hargreaves, 19, had earlier been out at the Papagayo nightclub in Playa de las Americas.

Warren disclosed that there have been no recent updates from the Spanish authorities and expressed a desire for British police to question the two men who were with Jay when he returned to the Airbnb. He stated: "We need to, as a full family, do a proper press conference and ask the British authorities to help. He's a British citizen. Get Interpol involved."

"It's just us. I haven't got a team. We need a team to come over here and find out for us what the police are doing and what we need to do. Our hands are tied over here, we need experts. How long can you stay here for? It'll take an army 10 years to cover all this. I'd employ a team of Gurkhas."

He elaborated: "It's just us. I haven't got a team. We need a team to come over here and find out for us what the police are doing and what we need to do. Our hands are tied over here, we need experts. How long can you stay here for? It'll take an army 10 years to cover all this. I'd employ a team of Gurkhas."

Warren also detailed their search efforts, saying: "We've done the valley where his ping was, we've gone up the road to a vantage point, there's cliffs there and there's a valley and a village there."

He further described the terrain and his bewilderment at the choice of route, stating: "All I'm thinking is common sense, would you try and walk through there. Where we've been today you can see there's a hikers path with proper stones. We've gone straight down and you end up in the village."

Additionally, he expressed confusion over the lack of sightings of his son, commenting: "From the bnb, he's a fit lad, 25 minutes you can get to the top, to where the cafe is. If he's followed the road and been where we've been today, it's took him an hour and a half."

"Different cars must have seen him. We arrived at 9am and the 10am bus went by us. And it would have passed him. I've been up here three weeks and I've never seen as many cars."