Search for Jay Slater in Tenerife dramatically called off by police

The search for missing Brit Jay Slater in Tenerife has been called off by police after nearly two weeks.

The Civil Guard today (June 30) said the exhaustive search, which involved sniffer dogs, a helicopter and mountain rescue experts scouring the mountainous terrain near the village of Masca, has now concluded, the Mirror reports. A spokeswoman said: "The search operation has now finished although the case remains open."

A source close to the investigation added: "The daily operation which has been going on in and around Masca close to where Jay was last seen has been brought to an end. If any information comes in that merits a new search though it will be acted upon.


"My understanding is Jay’s parents have been informed of what obviously is a major development. Nothing of any relevance was found during yesterday’s large-scale search."

The dramatic update comes less than 24 hours after a 'last push' operation involving around 30 police, firefighters and Civil Protection along with a handful of volunteers, failed to find any trace of the 19 year old from Oswaldtwistle. ay was last seen by a local resident in Masca in north-west Tenerife just after 8am on June 17 walking northwards along the road out of the village after stopping to ask her for directions.

His phone last pinged near to a look-out point where search teams gathered yesterday to begin the last day of the operation. Friend Lucy Law said Jay had called her shortly after he was last seen to say he was thirsty and had no water and just one per cent battery on his phone.

The Civil Guard says the 'parallel' investigation by police investigators which they are not sharing information on is continuing despite the suspension of the 'visible' mountain search in and around Masca. The major investigation has so far seen the likes of top detective Mark Williams-Thomas head to Tenerife to help find answers for the family.

The case meanwhile has been mired in speculation from online sleuths and armchair detectives providing baseless theories. Address reporters on the island on Wednesday, Mr Williams-Thomas appealed for two British men who Jay left with on the Sunday night after meeting them while out to come forward. The Civil Guard says it has since ruled the duo out.