Young Brit disappeared without a trace on Tenerife 20 years before Jay Slater

Jay Slater went missing on June 17
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Jay Slater is not the first young Brit to go missing in Tenerife with the mystery surrounding Kebin Ainley still unsolved twenty years later. Kevin Ainley, then 24, was working and living on the Spanish island when he went missing on June 14, 2004.

The promoter moved to the tourist area of Playa de las Americas three months before disappearing and last sighted walking in the direction of a bar called the Sportsman handing out flyers. There was a full Spanish missing person investigation and a later review by Lancashire Police, but he has never been traced, reports the Mirror.

Almost exactly two decades later apprentice bricklayer Jay, 19, disappeared on June 17 in the remote Rural de Teno area of Tenerife while holidaying for a three-day music festival with friends. The teen left his pals to travel to an Airbnb with two other partygoers in the early hours of the Monday and attempted to walk back to his accommodation that morning.

Jay began the treacherous 11-hour trek on foot and called a friend to tell her that his phone was on one percent battery, he was thirsty and had cut his leg on a cactus.

His phone last 'pinged' somewhere in the mountainous region near the village of Masca, where Spanish police focused their search before officially calling it off last Sunday.

However, Jay's family have vowed to continue the hunt to find the Lancashire teen and remain in Spain looking for answers, with the help of a £45,000 GoFundMe.

Debbie has spoken of the family's suffering in a statement released by British overseas missing persons charity LBT Global. She said: "We are a very close family and are absolutely devastated about his disappearance. Words cannot describe the pain and agony we are experiencing. He is our beautiful boy with his whole life ahead of him and we just want to find him."

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