Renewed hope in Jay Slater search as 'hunters and dogs' set to flood area he went missing

A photo of people searching for Jay Slater
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There's renewed optimism for the relatives of missing British teenager Jay Slater as a potential turning point emerges, with hunters and their dogs soon to scour the area in Tenerife where he disappeared.

The 19 year old trainee bricklayer from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, has been unaccounted for since June 17, leading to an extensive search operation. Slater was last seen leaving on foot from his Airbnb in Masca, a tiny village situated in the north of the Canary Island, which is a considerable distanceapproximately 11 hours on footfrom his lodgings.

Despite the efforts of search and rescue teams, there has been no success in finding the young man. However, hope has been reignited following comments from a local woman in Los Carrizales, just northwest of Masca. She noted that only one Guardia Civil police car had been spotted in the vicinity on Saturday.

A photo of Jay Slater
Jay Slater is missing in Tenerife -Credit:Supplied

Speaking to Sky News, she highlighted the upcoming partridge hunting season as a reason for optimism, explaining that the influx of hunters and dogs could increase the chances of locating him. "There will be different people in the area and a better chance of finding him," she said, reports the Mirror.

The partridge hunting season is set to commence in early August, yet some hunters have already been observed preparing their dogs in the region ahead of next month. On Sunday, a Sky News correspondent reported seeing two hunters with a pack of dogs in the same area where local walkers and Slater's family have been searching.

Speculation about what may have happened to Slater continues, especially as no evidence of his whereabouts has surfaced over the past three weeks. Compounding concerns, it was revealed last week that one of the individuals last seen with the teenager is a convicted drug trafficker.

TV detective Mark Williams-Thomas has revealed that the investigation into Jay Slater's disappearance has uncovered a criminal network with links to drugs, violent crime and theft. He stated: "As part of this investigation we have sought to speak with all of the people Jay had contact with whilst in Tenerife."

"The result of this digging has opened up an established criminal network with links to drugs, violent crime and theft. At this stage I cannot expand any further on what we now know. I'm unable to say if this network has anything to do with Jay's disappearance but remain open-minded as we continue to investigate."

Jay's mother, Debbie Duncan, has said her family will stay on the island until he is found. She updated a GoFundMe page that has raised over £51,680 in donations to aid in finding her son.

"We have been contacted by a wonderful group of locals who have volunteered to continue the search," she said. "While they don't wish to accept financial help for their search, we will be supporting them with supplies and are so grateful for their willingness to help."

"We also continue to be contacted by experienced groups offering to support our search. We are busy talking to them about what they can do to assist. But in order for us to employ their help, they need to have permission from the Spanish authorities."