Tenerife tour guide describes what makes Jay Slater disappearance 'strange' as search enters second week

Search teams continue to hunt for Jay in the Parque Rural de Teno area close to the village of Masca
-Credit: (Image: Stan Kujawa)

"Nothing like this has ever happened here", a tour guide has told a reporter as search to find missing teenager Jay Slater enters its second week.

Jay, from Lancashire, was last heard from on Monday June 17 in the Rural de Teno park, in the north west of Tenerife. The 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer had reportedly called his friend from the mountainous and rural village of Masca, explaining that he was lost and his phone was on 1%.

His last known location was in a vast area around half a mile north from the Airbnb rental he is thought to have stayed at with two men he met at the NRG music festival. But his family, who have travelled to the Spanish island amid the major search operation, claim that police are now probing a potential, but unconfirmed, further sighting of Jay, walking through a church square in the remote village of Santiago del Teide.

CCTV images, exclusively revealed by the Manchester Evening News, appear to show a man walking through the village square at around 6pm on Monday. Jays family say police are conducting CCTV enquiries but this has not been confirmed by the Civil Guard.

Angel, a Travel Tenerife tour guide based in Santa Cruz, who drives up to the Masca ravine most days with tourists, told the M.E.N: "I know they [police] are looking for him in the mountains but we don’t know anything else. It’s not in the Spanish media but it is here in the Canaries.

“In the south of Tenerife, it is huge, there are tourists from everywhere. Sometimes people disappear for one day, two days, there’s drinking and drugs, if they’re partying for example, but up here, nothing like this has happened before.

“For many days, lost in the middle of the mountains.. no, never, never. People are asking what was he doing in the mountains at 8 o'clock in the morning? It’s so strange, after the disco you wouldn’t finish a party in the mountains. It’s very dangerous.

“Masca is very famous, people go hiking every day and police have to rescue people, but nobody has disappeared up here in the north.”

A number of missing posters with images of Jay have been plastered on shop fronts around the village. On Sunday, Jay’s heartbroken dad Warren, who was handing out leaflets to passers-by, said his son’s disappearance “doesn’t make sense” as he urged anyone with information to contact the police.

A local shop owner told the M.E.N that the mountainous area where Jay was said to be walking was “extremely dangerous”. She said police had not been asking local businesses any questions about the reported sighting.

"For me, I feel bad. Because, he’s a young guy and what happened, shouldn’t have happened. He should have been a little more aware of the fact that you can’t go [on that walk] alone."

On Monday, Jay's dad Warren along with other family visited the village of Santiago del Teide once again with posters to put up around the area. A number of police cars were seen parked at the bottom of the village, and appeared to be conducting enquiries and asking local business owners questions in relation to his disappearance.