Police officers spotted carrying out forensic search at holiday rental linked to missing Jay Slater

Two Spanish forensic police officers were seen leaving the property today  wearing protective shoe covers
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Two plain-clothed police officers were today spotted at the holiday rental flat where Jay Slater, who is currently missing, had spent his last known night.

Exiting the Masca property just after 11am, each of the men was equipped with blue forensic shoe covers, hinting at their purpose. Having removed these, they conversed briefly with a local who had provided access to the property.

Pressed for insight at the site before getting into an orange Kia Sportage SUV, one officer responded: "I'm not authorised to talk to you. I've been inside. If you want any information speak to the press office in Santa Cruz."

Jay, hailing from Oswaldtwistle, Lancs, was last seen on June 17, departing Casa Abuela Tina, the whitewashed house he had occupied, around 8 am. The evening prior had been spent at the Papagayo nightclub in Playa de las Americas.

From there, he journeyed back to the rented property alongside two British men, reports the Mirror.

The party venue lies a substantial distance from the Los Cristianos pad where he had previously been residing, over 20 miles and requiring more than 11 hours on foot, sharing the space with good friends Lucy Law, 18, and Brad Hargreaves, 19.

In the early hours of Monday morning, Jay uploaded a snapshot of himself enjoying a cigarette outside the holiday rental's front door. A short while later, around 8.30 am, Lucy received a call; Jay reported that he was stranded in an unknown location, devoid of water and with his phone battery at critical levels.

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The police have stated that the two British men, who were reportedly questioned by Spanish authorities before returning to the UK a few days after Jay's disappearance, are "not relevant" to the investigation.

On Monday, investigators informed a judge that they have not found any evidence of criminal activity in relation to Jay's disappearance and are treating it as a missing persons case.

As per standard procedure in Spain, the police have reported to a court, which has initiated a routine judicial investigation.

A judicial source, who wished to remain anonymous, commented on Monday: "There is no evidence of criminality at this stage in this case. That's not to say things won't change because the case remains open and investigations are ongoing. But right now that's the situation."