Police issue major update on Jay Slater as search for missing teen continues

Jay Slater with his mother Debbie Duncan
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Spanish authorities have not lost hope in the search for missing teenager Jay Slater. A source close to the investigation has made it clear that they do not presume Jay to be "missing feared dead".

Police are actively following several leads in the case as Jay is still missing more than three weeks after he was last seen. Spanish investigators may have ended their own search for Jay, but issued a new update today (Tuesday, July 9), reports the Mirror.

When questioned about any progress in the case and whether there is a clearer picture of Jay's whereabouts, a Civil Guard spokesperson said: "The investigation is ongoing and several lines of inquiry are being pursued."

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Spanish police officers in Tenerife
Spanish police are investigating the disappearance of Jay Slater -Credit:Stan Kujawa

Jay, who is 19 and from Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire, disappeared after he was last seen at a rave in Playa de las Americas, Tenerife, on Monday, June 17. Since police ended their own searches, Jay's father Warren and his brother Zak have taken to searching the rugged mountainous area where Jay's phone was last active.

On Monday (July 8), Warren issued an appeal to British authorities for assistance in locating his son. However, Lancashire Police have stated that their stance remains unchanged and they will not be sending officers to join the search efforts.

The police force had previously offered assistance in locating the missing teenager, but local authorities declined their offer. Speaking to The Mirror from the village of Santiago del Teidi, located near the mountains where Jay disappeared, Warren said the family's search had expanded from the Valley of Barranco de Juan Lopez, where Jay's phone was last detected, to the neighbouring Los Carrizales valley.

Warren believed more help was needed for the family. He said "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. 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."

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