Six key questions that are confusing Jay Slater's family and investigators

Jay Slater is missing in Tenerife
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As the search for missing British teenager Jay Slater continues into a second week, rescue teams continue to cover the mountain range on the north west of Tenerife.

Jay, 19, from Lancashire, was reported missing last Monday, June 17, while on holiday with friends. After attending the NRG festival in Playa de las Americas, he reportedly travelled more than 20 miles to stay in the rural village of Masca with two men he had met.

He has not been seen or heard from since his phone "was on 1%" while he was in the middle of a vast ravine.

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But there are six key questions that are still confusing friends, family and leading investigators about the case, as reported by the MEN.

How did nobody see Jay on the morning he vanished?

The teen is said to have walked off alone, uphill into the mountains of the Rural de Teno Park on June 17, after staying at a remote Airbnb with two people he is thought to have met at the NRG music festival.

He stayed in the village of Masca, around 30km away from Los Cristianos, the resort where he had been staying with friends in the south of the island. The Airbnb owner told the MEN that Jay "walked off alone" and uphill, in the wrong direction.

She said she told him a bus out of the village would be two hours. Despite its remoteness, Jay's devastated parents, dad Warren and mum Debbie, have questioned how nobody saw him on the Monday morning he vanished.

This is because Masca is a tourist hotspot, boasting panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and the North Atlantic Ocean. It is filled with travellers, who have driven there themselves or caught one of the many travel excursions that head there each day.

The area where his phone is said to have "pinged", at around 8.50am on the morning he vanished, is also next to an extremely popular viewpoint of the mountains, with car parking spaces regularly full by as early as 10am every day. There are also a handful of cafes and bars just a short walk away.

Jay's dad told the MEN: "There are people up there... you don't go along that road for more than 20 minutes without somebody stopping you or passing you."

Why did he stay in the rural village of Masca?

The tiny village is home to only around 90 inhabitants and is off the beaten track. There are very few accommodation options, with only three hotels in the nearby area.

The Airbnb rental in Masca
The Airbnb rental in Masca -Credit:James Manning/PA Wire

Bar staff in the resort of Playa de las Americas told the MEN on Monday, June 24, that tourists rarely stay there if they are partying in the south of the island, and that it is mainly only popular with hikers.

They described the area as "dangerous" to those who are inexperienced. It is also more than 30km from the resort where Jay was staying in with friends, in Los Cristianos.

The drive takes anything between an hour to 90 minutes, costs over 100 euros in a taxi, and is only reached by battling challenging and steep roads that run adjacent to a towering cliff edge.

Why didn't he wait for the bus on the morning he disappeared?

Police will also be probing why Jay opted to walk alone through the mountains instead of waiting for the bus on the morning he vanished. Jay reportedly decided against waiting two hours for a bus that would have taken him back into town.

The Airbnb owner Ophelia Hernandez said she saw the teenager at around 8am standing by a bus stop just outside of the village of Masca. She said he had asked her about buses back to Los Cristianos and that she told him it would arrive at 10am.

Instead, it is claimed he then walked uphill further north of the island along the only road in the area and told his friend he would attempt the walk back to the apartment. This trek would take around 11 hours.

Who are the unknown men he stayed with - and why did he leave his friends?

Little is known about the two men, thought to be British, who had booked the Airbnb rental in the remote village, in the Rural de Teno Park. The only light that has been shed on the two men he was with on the Sunday evening at the Casa Abuela Tina, was from a woman named only as Araceli, who works in the business adjoining the rental property.

She said: “I never saw the missing boy, but I know people saw him walking on his own. I saw the two British men who stayed here.

"They came in for cafe con leche a couple of times. One was aged about 40. The other one was slightly younger."

Is there a third party involved?

Jay's heartbroken family have repeatedly questioned whether a third party was involved in Jay's disappearance. They are struggling to believe he vanished, alone, in the mountains of rural Masca.

Leading TV investigator Mark Williams-Thomas, who has since flown out to the Spanish island to "get answers for Jay's family", has claimed he will establish whether there was any third party involvement and uncover the identity of the unknown men "in three days".

While police have yet to confirm any third-party involvement in Jay's disappearance, his mum Debbie and dad Warren believe he may have been taken, or that somebody would have seen him on the day he vanished. Warren previously said to the MEN: "You think, has somebody got him?

"Because no matter if you were drunk or whatever, you don't go off that road up there".

The Civil Guard has said they are keeping an open mind and following up every possible lead in the case as the major search continues.

Was the other CCTV sighting really missing Jay?

CCTV footage of a man walking through a church square in the village of Santiago del Teide at around 6pm on Monday, the evening of the day Jay went missing, has been shared by his family and friends.

They believe it could possibly be him, and claimed the Civil Guard are investigating it. The village the footage was captured in, is around 7km away from the Airbnb Jay is thought to have stayed at the night before he vanished.

It shows a man, who Jay's dad said was similar to his son's height and build, walking past one of the many cameras in the area. Police in Tenerife have not yet confirmed whether the lead is being looked to as a credible possibility.

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