Two Brit girls found 'abandoned' in car in Tenerife near Jay Slater search site

Two the children were found inside the car, with the father nowhere to be seen
-Credit: (Image: Arona Local Police)

Two young British girls, one an infant, were found trapped in an "abandoned" hire car in Tenerife, one hour away from where the hunt for missing Brit teenager Jay Slater is centred.

Local authorities in Arona said a Las Galletas resident spotted a white Volkswagen Polo rental car parked under the intense sun. Upon closer examination, the 34-year-old woman discovered two girls locked inside with closed windows.

The seven-year-old girl informed the police that their father had left them in the vehicle while he got a haircut at a nearby shopping centre. Despite the fact they could unlock the car from the inside, the girls didn't want to leave, according to the Daily Star.

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Following the woman's call, emergency services arrived at the scene. With the help of a bag of yoghurts and juices and documents found in the car, officers attempted to find the father inside the shopping centre after they managed to gain access to the car with the girls' permission.

A 38-year-old man was interrogated but initially denied any connection with the children. The Juvenile Prosecutor's Office ordered the girls to be taken to the Nuestra Senora de la Paz Maternal Centre in La Laguna. Surprisingly, the same man later took responsibility for the vehicle before making a hasty departure.

A man, thought to be a 35 year old Polish national, turned up later claiming to be a friend of the girls' dad. After an investigation by the police, it was confirmed that a 27 year old British woman was the mother of the girls and they were returned to her.

The 38 year old man is still on the run with a warrant out for his arrest.

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