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

Car where two Brit girls were found in
-Credit: (Image: Arona Local Police)

Two British girls, one a baby, were discovered "abandoned in a car" near the site where authorities are currently searching for missing teenager Jay Slater in Tenerife. The pair were located in a hired white Volkswagen Polo parked in direct sunlight by a local resident on the Spanish island, according to Arona police force.

The vehicle was spotted by a 34-year-old local who noticed the two girls, aged seven years and just a couple of months respectively, alone in the car. The older girl reportedly informed that their father had left them in the vehicle while he went to get a haircut at a nearby shopping centre.

Despite the ability to open the car door, they chose to remain in the car, CanarianWeekly conveyed.

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The situation caught the attention of alarmed locals who alerted emergency services. Upon arriving at the scene a search begin for a man at the shopping centre.

Police later questioned a 38-year-old man, who initially denied any connection to the children. Following instruction from the Juvenile Prosecutor's Office, the girls were transferred to Nuestra Senora de la Paz Maternal Centre in La Laguna, reports the Mirror.

Eventually, the man admitted responsibility for the car before allegedly making a quick exit from the facility.

Missing Jay Slater
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Following a police investigation, a 27-year-old British woman was confirmed as the mother of the girls and they were returned to her.

The 38-year-old man remains missing and an arrest warrant has been issued in his name.

Meanwhile, the family of Jay Slater say they are "holding on to hope" he will be found as they launch a fresh search for the missing teen today (July 6). Jay's dad Warren and brother Zak joined a team of 10 volunteers to scour the mountainous region in Tenerife where the 19 year old went missing.

The group spent several hours in baking 25C heat as they searched the Valley of Barranco de Juan Lopez, close to the village of Masca.