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Jay Slater missing latest updates: Everything we know so far about the missing teen as search enters into its second week


Jay Slater missing latest updates: Everything we know so far about the missing teen as search enters into its second week

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Rescuers will continue searching for Jay Slater today one week after the British teenager went missing in Tenerife.

The 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer has not been seen or heard from since Monday, June 17, when he called a friend to say he was lost, in need of water and out of phone battery as he attempted to return to his accommodation on the island.

Mr Slater’s family have flown to Tenerife to help find him while a GoFundMe appeal to raise money for the search passed its £30,000 target over the weekend.

Follow MailOnline’s live coverage below and join in the conversation in our comments section

Jay Slater’s distraught father broke down in tears today as he described his family’s ‘living hell’ a week after his son vanished in Tenerife.

Jay, a 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer, disappeared last Monday after going to the three-day NRG music festival on the Spanish island – sparking a huge police investigation which has now entered its second week.

Jay Slater’s GoFundMe tops £33,000

A GoFundMe Page set up for Jay has so far raised more than £33,000 in donations from more than 3,000 people, smashing the original target of £30,000.

The fund was set up by Jay’s Lucy Law who posted a plea for help to find her missing best friend after he disappeared from a Tenerife nightclub.

Spanish Police refused to be side tracked by Lancashire Police after they refused UK help in their search

Spanish Police refused to be side tracked or distracted by Lancashire Police and criticism of their operation after they refused UK help in their search.

Tenerife’s force has yet to make any official comment about the Lancashire Police claims.

A source told The Sun: ‘The Civil Guard is not going to reply to criticism or praise it receives here.

‘Officers are just doing their job, they’re focused on the search and they’re going to continue with the work they’re doing without anyone taking time out to respond to the evaluations other people are making.’

Jay’s friends have slammed the Guardia Civil and asked british police to step in to bring the apprentice bricklayer home.

Missing 19-year-old’s father doesn’t believe his son is still in the Rural de Teno Park, as police continue their search

In defiance of the social media trolls and armchair detectives, Warren said he doesn’t know if something untoward has happened but said he didn’t believe his son was still on the mountain.

‘I don’t believe he is still on that mountain because the police have put every effort into finding him and I’ve been up there and it’s just completely barren.

And, despite the search having gone on for a week, the desperate father does believe the authorities have done enough.

Jay Slater’s worried father says ‘someone must know something’

Jay Slater’s father Warren, said his family are desperate for him to come home.

The distressed 55-year-old broke down in tears as he pleaded for any information.

He said: ‘I just want him to be found. I want my son back. What more is there?

‘Somebody somewhere must’ve helped him off that mountain

‘Unless you’re going through it you can’t explain.’

Please, please, please, if anybody knows anything then please come forward and help us.

Facebook admin of Jay Slater group has been targeted by cruel trolls as family slams internet sleuths

The admin of the Jay Slater Missing Facebook page, Rachel Louise Harg, has posted a message to members simply captioned ‘This isn’t me!!!!’ alongside a screengrab of a TikTok video falsely claiming Jay’s body had been found.

The fake TikTok also suggested he had been murdered by a gang.

There is currently no update and sightings of the 19-year-old remain unconfirmed.

This comes amid a media frenzy which has seen reul trolls and media sleuths attack the family.

Just yesterday, another admin, Megan Blair posted in the Facebook group asking people to ‘stop believing everything they see on TikTok’.

The disappearance of Jay Slater has sparked a slew of conspiracy theories and vicious trolling of his family.

Despite the best efforts of search and rescue teams, trolls, amateur sleuths and psychics have sparked a carnival of hysteria and chaos surrounding the investigation.

Social media users been spreading wild and even malicious theories about his disappearance on social media – including the sick idea that he has faked his disappearance to pocket the GoFundMe cash.

These cruel posts have also caused Jay’s family significant heartache on top of their anxiety and grief as the search continues – with his mother today confronting members of a Facebook conspiracy theory group and telling them she feels ‘very let down’ by their sniping.

Police stationed in the village of Masca as Jay’s mother says she has ‘not slept’ since he disappeared

Police were seen parked up on the road of the village of Masca this afternoon as officers narrowed their search efforts.

Cops are reportedly using binoculars as they search the vast landscape.

It comes as his mother, Debbie Duncan, said she had ‘not slept’ since the 19-year-old went missing.

‘We just need you home,’ she said in a direct plea to her msising son.

‘Nothing like this has happened before’ according to a local guide as the search continues

A Tenerife local tour guide told Manchester Evening News that ‘nothing like this has happened before’ and is amazed at the scale of the search for the missing Brit.

The guide who regualraly drives around the island and has explored Masca before described the area as dangerous.

The area has been dubbed the ‘badlands’ by locals who have described the area as inhospitable with extremes of temperature.

Search narrowed to outbuildings

Emergency workers near the village of Masca, Tenerife, where the search for missing British teenager Jay Slater, 19, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, continues. Jay was last heard on Monday morning after attempting to walk back to his accommodation when he missed a bus, after staying with people he met at the NRG music festival in Tenerife, Spain's Canary Islands. Picture date: Friday June 21, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Tenerife. Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire

Mr Slater’s mother issues a direct plea to her missing son on the sixth day of the hunt, saying: “We just need you home.”

Firefighters appeared to conduct the majority of the searches as they wore helmets to tackle dangerous hillside terrain in Tenerife.

The search parties seemed noticeably smaller compared to other days – with only a handful of emergency workers visible in the village of Masca and the surrounding areas.

Search teams narrowed their efforts on small buildings close to where Mr Slater’s phone last pinged.

Officers from the Guardia Civil in the Canary Island could be seen circling two structures at the bottom of a ravine in Rural de Teno Park.

Efforts appeared to be solely focused on the one area after days of searches in the village of Masca and the surrounding landscape.

The search for Mr Slater enters an eighth day.

Relatives fly out to join search

Grabs: Mum of missing teen Jay Slater makes tearful appeal for boy's return

After friends spend the previous day searching to no avail, local police and mountain rescue teams scour Rural de Teno park for Mr Slater.

His family fly out to Tenerife to join the search.

The search is temporarily moved to the Los Cristianos area in the south of the island due to a potential lead, but this is quickly discounted and the search returns north.

Mr Slater’s mother, Debbie Duncan, said she feared her son had “been taken against his will”.

The search returns to Rural de Teno park, around the village of Masca.

Emergency workers met in various locations throughout the day, combing bushes, overgrown terrain, hillsides and rivers but failed to find the missing teenager.

Spanish police reject an offer of support from Lancashire Constabulary as the hunt continues.

Police, firefighters and search and rescue personnel combed a vast area of land in and around the village of Masca.

Search and rescue personnel carefully looked through dead palm trees covering a river at the bottom of the hillside near to an Airbnb property Mr Slater had reportedly been driven to.

The owner of the property told reporters she saw Mr Slater walk up the road past her property but did not see him again after that – describing the situation as worrying.

Timeline: Jay Slater’s disappearance

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The search for Jay Slater in Tenerife is continuing over a week after he was last heard from on the Spanish island.

The apprentice bricklayer, from Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire, disappeared following an attempt to walk back to his accommodation after missing a bus in the north of island.

Here are the key updates so far from the search for the 19-year-old:

Mr Slater attended the NRG music festival with friends at Papagayo nightclub in the tourist resort of Playa de las Americas in the south of the island.

In the early hours of Monday he goes to stay in an apartment in the north of the island with people he had met over the course of the night.

Mr Slater posts a picture on Snapchat from the doorway of the property he stayed at overnight, tagged as being in Rural de Teno park.

He calls his friend, Lucy Law, telling her he had attempted to walk back to his accommodation after missing his bus – a journey that would take more than ten hours.

In the frantic last phone call, Mr Slater said he had ‘cut his leg’ on a cactus and had “no idea where he was”.

Ms Law said her friend told her he was “‘ost in the mountains, he wasn’t aware of his surroundings, he desperately needed a drink and his phone was on 1%’.

Mr Slater’s phone runs out of battery shortly after with his last known location being in Rural de Teno park.

Map: the hunt for Jay Slater

Here’s a map detailing the last known movements of Jay Slater before he disappeared in Tenerife.

Spanish police – Search areas have been looked at previously

A firefighter looks over the village of Masca, Tenerife, where the search for missing British teenager Jay Slater, 19, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, continues. Picture date: Saturday June 22, 2024. PA Photo. Mr Slater was last heard from on Monday morning whilst attempting to walk back to his accommodation when he missed a bus, after staying with people he met at the NRG music festival in Tenerife, Spain's Canary Islands. See PA story POLICE Tenerife. Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire

Police in Tenerife have issued an update this morning as the search for Jay Slater continues.

In comments reported by the Mirror, a Civil Guard spokeswoman said officers with sniffer dogs and mountain rescue experts are on the ground along with overhead searches.

The same Civil Guard units that have been searching for him since last Monday, including the mountain rescue experts and officers with sniffer dogs, are out on the ground, along with a police helicopter in the air.

Firefighters and Civil Protection workers with drones are also involved. No hypothesis is being ruled out. Some of the areas that are being searched have been looked at before.

As we await for new developments in the search for Jay, let’s take a look at some of the unanswered questions surrounding his disappearance.

MailOnline reporter Nick Pisa identifies the key information that is needed while Jay remains missing.

Pictured: Jay’s friends fly to Tenerife to help search

Four friends of missing teenager Jay Slater have flown to Tenerife from the UK to help the search for the apprentice bricklayer.

The group, from left to right – Aaliya Duxbury, Jessica Ingham, Saul Wilkin and James Currie – are all from Oswaldtwistle, the Lancashire town where Jay lives.

Missing Jay Slater's friends from his home town Oswaldtwhistle. The devasted friends have flown out to Tenerife to help with the search for there best mate, he's the missing part to our group. Left to right Aaliya Duxbury, Jessica Ingham, Saul Wilkin, James Currie.

Jay Slater: What has happened today?

The hunt for missing British teenager Jay Slater has today entered its second week with friends and family hoping for a breakthrough as efforts continue to find him in Tenerife.

Let’s recap what has happened this morning:

  • A new CCTV image has emerged of a figure at Santiago de Teide last Monday at around 6pm – around ten hours after Jay’s mobile phone last pinged
  • The grainy image was captured close to a church, San Fernando Rey, where Jay’s mother told MailOnline a man has come forward to say he saw someone matching her son’s description sitting on a bench with two men.
  • New video footage has also emerged of Jay dancing frenetically to loud techno music inside a Tenerife nightclub just hours before he disappeared.
  • In the clip, he is seen dancing shirtless in Papagayo nightclub which is at the end of the infamous Veronica’s Strip area of Playa de las Americas.
  • And detective-turned-TV investigator Mark Williams-Thomas, who probed the disappearance of Nicola Bulley, claimed Jay’s family is keen to accept his help after he reached out to them.

Jay’s employers – ‘Picture painted of him is just not true’

The building firm that employs Jay Slater has said the teenager is being misrepresented online following a slew of negative comments and conspiracy theories.

PH Build, a company which has hired the 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer from Lancashire, described Jay as a valued member of the team who is liked by everyone.

In a Facebook post on Sunday, the company said:

Our Jay is still missing!

We have decided to remove our last post due to all the negative comments and conspiracy theories.

Jay has been with us since he left school and is liked by all. He’s a valued member of our team and we stand by him.

The picture being painted of him is just not true. The fact is he’s a 19-year-old lad missing in a foreign country. He needs to be back home where he belongs. Come on Jay we are all praying for you.

Jay’s mother – I really hope I’m not taking son home in body bag

The mother of Jay Slater has addressed concerns over a GoFundMe Page set up for her son which has so far attracted more than £32,000 in donations.

In a Facebook post Debbie Duncan appeared to take aim at critics who have questioned the online fundraising page, which she said will cover the family’s efforts to find Jay in Tenerife.

I really am saddened by all your comments. You seem to be so bothered about this GoFundMe page. I really hope I am not taking my son home in a body bag.

The funds are not released and won’t be if not needed. I really cannot believe the British public are not supporting me in trying to find Jay.

This may happen to any of you one day. Very let down by you all.

She later updated the post and said:

Update!! Sorry that you have taken this the wrong way. I am overwhelmed with the generosity.

What I meant was VERBAL support. I really hope I don’t need this money. If its not needed it all gets refunded to the people who really did care.

New possible Jay sighting: Everything you need to know

Following our breaking news story that a new CCTV image has emerged during the search for Jay Slater, here’s the key takeaways you need to know:

  • Grainy image of a person walking was captured by a webcam at Santiago de Teide last Monday evening – after Jay’s phone last pinged before he vanished.
  • The location is close to a church, San Fernando Rey, where Jay’s mother told MailOnline a man has come forward to say he saw someone matching her son’s description sitting on a bench with two men.
  • The church of San Fernando Rey is at Santiago de Teide around 15 miles from the rave venue and 3.5 miles from where his mobile phone last pinged.
  • The sighting has not been confirmed by local police, who say ‘nothing has been ruled out and nothing has been ruled’, as they continue to focus their efforts on a ravine near where he was last seen.
  • A source close to the family said: ‘It looks like him and is certainly a man’s shape but we just don’t know. It was taken near the church where a witness says he saw him so we have to keep hoping.’

Hopes were today raised that CCTV shows missing British teenager Jay Slater ten hours after his phone last pinged before he vanished on Tenerife last week.

Jay, a 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer, disappeared last Monday after going to a three-day energy music festival on the Spanish island – sparking a major police investigation which has now entered its second week.

The grainy image was captured by a webcam at Santiago de Teide last Monday evening.

Watch: New footage shows Jay dancing in Tenerife nightclub

Watch new video of missing Jay Slater – unearthed a week after he vanished having attended a festival in Tenerife.

The clip – similar to others previously obtained by MailOnline – shows the 19-year-old dancing frenetically to loud techno music.

At one point he appears to fall to the ground before getting up again, smiling at the after party which was held at Papagayo nightclub in the notorious Veronica’s strip at Playa de las Americas.

The clip emerged as the search for Jay enters its eighth day, with police focusing on the Masca Gorge area around 19 miles from where he was seen dancing in the clip.

Rescuer – ‘It’s like searching for a needle in a haystack’

A British rescuer who has flown to Tenerife to help find Jay Slater has described the search as looking for a ‘needle in a haystack’.

Mountaineer Paul Arnott, 29, of Flitwick, Bedfordshire, responded to the family’s plea for help and hopes his expertise of navigating mountains may prove fruitful in the operation to find Jay.

But speaking to the BBC, Mr Arnott described the difficulties of the search as it entered its second week on the Spanish island.

It’s crazy, I have been in and out of buildings and down the ravines. But it’s like searching for a needle in a haystack.

You cannot believe how steep and big an area it is until you get out here. I thought there would be more people searching, though.

Jay Slater’s mother thanks GoFundMe well-wishers

Missing teenager Jay Slater, 19 mum speaks to mailonline appealing for any information to get her son back.

Debbie Duncan, Jay Slater’s mother, thanked well-wishers after a GoFundMe page set up to support search efforts passed its £30,000 target over the weekend.

Writing on the page, Debbie said, ‘your support means the world to us’ with money earmarked to cover the family’s expenses including accommodation on the island.

Hi everyone, this is Debbie, Jay’s mother. Thank you all for your generosity and kindness during this difficult time. I wanted to confirm that this is the only GoFundMe fundraiser approved by our family. We have not yet withdrawn any funds and are currently covering the expenses, such as the trip to Tenerife and accommodation, ourselves. The funds will remain on hold with GoFundMe until we post a further update on this page.

We are extremely worried and are doing everything we can to find Jay. Please continue to share our fundraiser far and wide. Your support means the world to us, and we are grateful for any help you can provide.

Pictured: Police hunt Jay Slater in national park

Police searching for missing British teenager Jay Slater focused the hunt on outbuildings at the bottom of a ravine in Rural de Teno, close to where his phone last pinged.

Here are some pictures captured from yesterday’s search operation:

Spanish police use search device to look for Jay Slater in the Masca area, and other emergency services continue to participate in the searchCredit: X / guardiacivil
Vehicles of the Guardia Civil near the last known location of Jay Slater, near to the village of Masca, Tenerife, where the search for missing British teenager Jay Slater, 19, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, continues. Picture date: Sunday June 23, 2024. PA Photo. Mr Slater was last heard from on Monday morning whilst attempting to walk back to his accommodation when he missed a bus, after staying with people he met at the NRG music festival in Tenerife, Spain's Canary Islands. See PA story POLICE Tenerife. Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire
Members of a search and rescue team search near the last known location of Jay Slater, near to the village of Masca, Tenerife, where the search for missing British teenager from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, continues. Picture date: Sunday June 23, 2024. PA Photo. Mr Slater was last heard from on Monday morning whilst attempting to walk back to his accommodation when he missed a bus, after staying with people he met at the NRG music festival in Tenerife, Spain's Canary Islands. See PA story POLICE Tenerife. Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire
A search team near the last known location of Jay Slater, near to the village of Masca, Tenerife, where the search for missing British teenager Jay Slater, 19, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, continues. Picture date: Sunday June 23, 2024. PA Photo. Mr Slater was last heard from on Monday morning whilst attempting to walk back to his accommodation when he missed a bus, after staying with people he met at the NRG music festival in Tenerife, Spain's Canary Islands. See PA story POLICE Tenerife. Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire

MailOnline reporters Nick Pisa and Arthur Parashar report Mark Williams-Thomas has offered to help the family of Jay Slater amid speculation online and TikTok sleuths flying from Britain to Tenerife to join the search.

Mr Williams-Thomas was previously lead investigator on the ITV Exposure documentary, The Other Side of Jimmy Savile, which revealed how the late BBC presenter systematically and disturbingly preyed upon young and vulnerable girls.

Jay Slater’s family ‘struggling with media interest’

Missing Teen Jay Slater with Family

A detective-turned-TV investigator who probed the disappearance of Nicola Bulley has claimed that Jay Slater’s family have switched off their phones after struggling with media interest and attention.

Mark Williams-Thomas, who also exposed Jimmy Savile’s evil crimes, has offered his expertise as the hunt for the missing 19-year-old who vanished after leaving a Tenerife nightclub enters its second week.

He claims Jay’s mother (pictured above) is keen to accept his help but said relatives were struggling with the attention placed on the search for Jay.

Mr Williams-Thomas tweeted:

Brief update : Jay Slater’s family clearly struggling with all the media interest and attention , have switched off all phones and cut contact . I am awaiting to speak to mum later today , but have had a response from close relative that mum is keen to accept my team’s help. Having worked with many families at crisis point when a loved one goes missing the family become the eye of the storm and it’s very very tough for them to manage all the enquiries on top of there own stress & worry.

Our reporters Nick Pisa and Katherine Lawton report new video has emerged of Jay Slater – a week after he vanished having attended a festival in Tenerife.

The clip, similar to others previously obtained by MailOnline, shows the 19-year-old dancing frenetically to loud techno music.

At one point he appears to fall to the ground before getting up again, smiling at the after party which was held at Papagayo nightclub in the notorious Veronica’s strip at Playa de las Americas.

Read Nick and Katherine’s report here:

The search for Jay Slater one week on

A search team near the last known location of Jay Slater, near to the village of Masca, Tenerife, where the search for missing British teenager Jay Slater, 19, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, continues. Picture date: Sunday June 23, 2024. PA Photo. Mr Slater was last heard from on Monday morning whilst attempting to walk back to his accommodation when he missed a bus, after staying with people he met at the NRG music festival in Tenerife, Spain's Canary Islands. See PA story POLICE Tenerife. Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire

The search for Jay Slater is now a week on since he was reported missing by friends.

Let’s take a look at the police search day-by-day:

  • Local police and mountain rescue teams begin searching Rural de Teno national park and his mother and brother board a flight to Tenerife to help find him.
  • Drones, dogs and a helicopter are deployed by the Spanish Guardia Civil to continue the search which is briefly moved to the Los Cristianos area following a potential sighting in the south of the island, but the hunt is swiftly moved back to the original spot.
  • Spanish police, mountain rescuers, firefighters and volunteers return to Rural de Teno to scour the national park
  • Spanish police reject an offer of support from Lancashire Constabulary after the force offered to help the search
  • Police and firefighters continue searching the mountains in Rural de Teno national park
  • Outbuildings at the bottom of a ravine in Rural de Teno become the focus of the search, close to where Jay’s phone last pinged

MailOnline has put together a timeline and a map of all possible sightings of Jay Slater as the hunt for the missing British teenager enters a new week.

  • Jay had been attending a three-days NRG festival due to end last Sunday with events at the Papagayo Beach Club in South Tenerife. Ahead of going back to the club, Jay sent his relative Isabelle Price a brief Snapchat video showing him and his surroundings in Arona, near the main party drag.
  • Pictures showed him walking through a sea of clubbers with sunglasses propped on his head at the festival where he was last seen by his friends on the Spanish island on Sunday night – while a photo showed him with friend Lucy Mae Law there.
  • Jay’s last Snapchat photo was posted, showing his hand holding a cigarette at accommodation near the Rural de Teno Park. He is thought to have headed to the £40-per-night AirBNB with two British men.
  • His friend Lucy – who has since led criticism of Spanish police – received a phone call from Jay at about 8am, telling her he was ‘lost in the mountains with no water’ and just one per cent battery on his mobile.
  • This was the last – so far – confirmed sighting, with the Airbnb’s owner Ophelia Medina Hernandez describing how she saw him walking at pace in the nearby village Masca – apparently heading away from Playa de las Americas.
  • Mr Slater’s phone died at about 8.50am, with his last known location registered to the Rural de Teno park near Masca where he had apparently stayed that night.
  • Jay is reported missing by friends including Lucy, before the UK Foreign Office is alerted later that day – and police launched mountain rescue operation.
  • A new potential sighting has now been reported by a man who says someone resembling Jay was sitting on a bench beside a church at Santiago de Teide, back closer towards Playa de las Americas.

Good morning

Hello and welcome to MailOnline’s live coverage of the search for Jay Slater in Tenerife.

It has been one week since Jay was last heard of after he called a friend to say he was lost, in need of water and out of phone battery as he attempted to return to his accommodation on the island.

Friends and family flew out last week to help find the 19-year-old and a GoFundMe appeal to raise money for the search passed its £30,000 target over the weekend.



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