Tenerife police spotted at Airbnb 48 hours after Jay Slater search called off

A view of the Airbnb Casa Abuela Tina in Masca, Tenerife, where missing British teenager Jay Slater, 19, of Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, resided prior to his disappearance
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Two police officers have been spotted at the holiday rental apartment in Tenerife where Jay Slater stayed the night before he went missing over two weeks ago. The officers were seen inside the property today, July 2, in Masca - days after the search for the missing 19-year-old was ended on the Spanish Island.

The officers left the property shortly after 11am, both of them wearing plain clothes and blue forensic style slip-ons over their shoes. The two men were then spotted removing the slip-ons before chatting to a local, who had let them into the apartment with a key, reports MirrorOnline.

It comes two days after Spanish police called off the search for the missing Brit on the island, who had vanished on Monday, June 17. The search ended after no trace of Jay was found.

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One of the police officers was approached at the property before leaving the property and said: "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." They then drove off in an orange-coloured Kia Sportage SUV.

Jay, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, was seen leaving the whitewashed home, named Casa Abuela Tina, at around 8am on June 17. He had been partying at the Papagayo nightclub in Playa de las Americas, before leaving the event with two British men to go back to the property, which they had rented.

It is more than 20 miles and 11 hours’ walk from the Los Cristianos apartment where Jay had been staying with close pals Lucy Law, 18, and Brad Hargreaves, 19. Jay posted a photo of himself holding a cigarette outside the holiday rental's main door early on Monday morning. And then at 8.30am, he called Lucy to say he was trying to get home with no water and one per cent on his phone battery.

Police said the two British men, who it was understood were spoken to by Spanish police before flying back to the UK days after Jay's disappearance, had "no relevance" to the investigation. On Monday, detectives told a judge they had found no evidence of a crime in relation to Jay's disappearance and were treating it as a missing persons inquiry.

As is standard procedure in Spain, the force has reported to a court, which opened a routine judicial investigation. Speaking on Monday, a judicial source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: "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."