Spanish police hunting Jay Slater make new 'lines of inquiry' comment after search called off

Volunteers and police search for Jay Slater before the operation was called off by the Guardia Civil
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The search for missing British teenager Jay Slater in Tenerife has been called off, police say - but officers have said they are pursing ‘several lines of investigation’. A big search effort has now been called off today, with officials saying that phase of the probe is over.

Tenerife’s Guardia Civil told the BBC : “The search operation is over. Yesterday was the final day of the search.” The 19-year-old from Lancashire has been missing since 17 June, after he told a friend he was lost in the mountains.

Police carried out a new search on Saturday with the help of dozens of emergency workers near the village of Masca, in the Rural de Teno national park. Confirming that the search for Mr Slater was no longer “active”, a Guardia Civil spokeswoman said “the case is still open and there are several lines of investigation”.

Since the teenager disappeared almost two weeks ago, the Spanish authorities have deployed helicopter crews, specially trained search dogs and drones. Helicopters, drones and search dogs were deployed to find the apprentice bricklayer.

On Friday, the force had appealed for volunteer associations, such as firefighters and individual volunteers who are experts in rugged terrain to assist in a “busqueda masiva” – massive search – on Saturday. The search in the village of Masca, near his last-known location, took in a steep rocky area, including ravines, trails and paths.

Mr Slater had attended the NRG music festival with two friends before his disappearance, and his last known location was the Rural de Teno Park in the north of the Canary Island – which was about an 11-hour walk from his accommodation.

He had travelled to an Airbnb in Masca and the two men said to have rented the property were later ruled “not relevant” to the case, according to reports. On Friday, Mr Slater’s friend Brad Hargreaves told ITV ’s This Morning he had been on a video call with him before his disappearance when he heard him go off the road.

He said: “He was on the phone walking down a road and he’d gone over a little bit – not a big drop – but a tiny little drop and he was going down, and he said ‘I’ll ring ya back, I’ll ring ya back’ because I think someone else was ringing him.”

He confirmed he could see his friend’s feet “sliding” down the hill and could hear he was walking on gravel. But Mr Hargreaves said he and his friend were both laughing at that point.

He added: “He didn’t seem concerned on the phone until we knew how far away he was.” The last person to speak to Mr Slater was his friend Lucy Law.

She said Mr Slater told her in a frantic phone call before he went missing that he was “lost in the mountains, he wasn’t aware of his surroundings, he desperately needed a drink and his phone was on 1%”. A GoFundMe appeal Get Jay Slater Home was set up by Ms Law and had raised more than £43,000 as the police search came to an end.

Mr Slater’s mother, Debbie Duncan, travelled to the island as the search took place. She said the money raised online would be used to support mountain rescue teams, and to cover her own accommodation and food costs.