Jay Slater missing latest: ‘Desperate’ family vow to continue search as father urges help from for Interpol

Jay Slater’s “desperate” family have vowed to continue their search for the missing teenager as his father urged Interpol to take over.

Mr Slater’s uncle Glen Duncan, 41, described the family’s situation as “just desperate - despair” and said they would continue searching the rugged terrain of northern Tenerife.

Meanwhile, his father Warren Slater called for the British authorities and the international criminal police to get involved after the Spanish Police search for the apprentice bricklayer ended on 30 June.

He told MailOnline: “We need to, as a full family, do a proper press conference and ask the British authorities to help. He’s a British citizen. Get Interpol involved.

“It’s just us. I haven’t got a team. We need a team to come over here and find out for us what the police are doing and what we need to do.

“Our hands are tied over here, we need experts. How long can you stay here for? It’ll take an army 10 years to cover all this. I’d employ a team of Gurkhas.”

Key Points

  • Quite disappointed’ - Jay’s father on ‘large-scale’ search

  • Family vow to continue search

  • Jay Slater’s mother provides GoFundMe update

  • Jay Slater’s family ‘not going anywhere’ as they continue search in ‘treacherous gorge’

‘You start screaming and shouting’- Jay’s father

Monday 8 July 2024 11:24 , Alex Ross

More has emerged from Jay Salter’s father, Warren’s interview with MailOnline, in which vented his frustration at the police investigation.

The Guardia Civil has wound back its search but welcomed any search and rescue teams to the island to conduct their own operations, so long as they request permission to do so.

But Warren is frustrated at the lack of help. He said: “We’re going round and round in circles. The Spanish police, you can’t go screaming and shouting at them because they don’t do anything.

“If you start screaming and shouting they won’t do anything even more. If they want to go and search a house, they have to go to court first.”

Jay Slater’s father, Warren, has vented his frustration at the lack of help from local police (Sky News)
Jay Slater’s father, Warren, has vented his frustration at the lack of help from local police (Sky News)

Having seen the area first hand, here’s why so little progress has been made in finding Jay Slater

Monday 8 July 2024 15:01 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Located in a steep valley in the beautiful Rural de Teno park, the remote village of Masca is a heaven for hikers and adventurers travelling to Tenerife.

Yet for the family and friends of Jay Slater, it has become the place of nightmares because its rugged landscape and steep ravines easily hide clues which could shed light on the teenager’s disappearance.

Read Holly Evans’ report from the search area in Tenerife:

Here’s why so little progress has been made in finding Jay Slater

Jay Slater’s mother says ‘this is no holiday’ as she hits back at internet trolls

Monday 8 July 2024 15:57 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Jay Slater’s mother has hit back at trolls questioning the use of money raised by the public to help in the search for the 19-year-old.

Nearly £50,000 has been donated to a GoFundMe page set up during the search on Tenerife, where Jay went missing nearly three weeks ago.

But as the search scales back, with Spanish authorities no longer looking for the young man, some people’s attention online has turned to the use of the money raised.

Jay Slater’s mother says ‘this is no holiday’ as she hits back at internet trolls

Jay Slater’s family ‘not going anywhere’ as they continue search in ‘treacherous gorge’

Monday 8 July 2024 17:24 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Jay Slater’s family have continued their search for the missing teenager in a ‘treacherous’ gorge as they vow to remain in Tenerife.

Spanish authorities culled their search last Sunday after 13 days of searching for the apprentice bricklayer in the Rural de Teno park.

However, his family and a few volunteers have remained on the island as they continue to scour near the last location Jay’s phone was tracked to.

Jay’s uncle, father and brother were joined by local hiker Juan Garcia on Saturday who said the area was a “labyrinth” and that the operation was “like looking for a needle in a haystack”.

Asked how the family are coping, Jay’s uncle told SkyNews: “It’s just torture.”

The vanished of Tenerife: Other people who disappeared on the island where Jay Slater went missing

Monday 8 July 2024 18:08 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Tourists looking for an easygoing, fun holiday in the sun have headed to the island of Tenerife for decades.

From the party vibes of the neon-lit strip of Playa De Las Americas to the spiritual hikes across cacti-infested ravines in the heat, there is something for everyone.

But with its rocky cliff faces and harsh terrain, the island also has a dangerous side with completely inaccessible areas.

Tenerife’s missing: Other people who vanished on island where Jay Slater disappeared

Jay Slater’s family allowed to use own search teams - reports

Monday 8 July 2024 19:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Spanish authorities have reportedly given Jay Slater’s family permission to use their own search teams as the investigation into his disappearance nears the three-week mark.

Police called off the search for Mr Slater last Sunday having spent 13 days searching for the 19-year-old.

The investigation remains open and Jay’s family have vowed to stay on the island to continue the search. They have raised over £50,000 through a GoFundMe and have said they want to use the money to pay got specialist search teams.

Now, the Guardia Civil have told Sky News that search teams can come and help “without any problem” but must notify authorities for “good management of information and resources”.

They said they have not yet received a request.

TikToker lived off Doritos while scouring the mountains of Tenerife searching for missing Jay Slater

Monday 8 July 2024 20:05 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

In case you missed this...

Over the past few weeks, Callum Fahim’s alarm rang at 5am every morning after another sleepless night planning a new route to search for Jay Slater that no one else has touched.

The TikToker and keen hiker, who flew out to Tenerife to help with the hunt after contacting the family, has revealed the challenging conditions helpers have faced as the days turn into weeks since the 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer vanished after a night out on holiday.

TikToker lived off Doritos while scouring Tenerife searching for missing Jay Slater

‘A very popular young man with a large circle of friends’

Monday 8 July 2024 21:14 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Jay Slater’s mother, Debbie Duncan, revealed more about her son as she issued a statement through British overseas missing persons charity LBT Global this week.

She said: “My son, Jay Dean Slater, came to the holiday island of Tenerife on 13 June with his friend to attend a music festival. On 17 June after not returning to his apartment he was reported as a missing person.

“Jay is a normal guy who is in his third year of an apprenticeship, and he is a very popular young man with a large circle of friends.

“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.”

Debbie Duncan’s full GoFundMe statement

Monday 8 July 2024 22:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Jay Slater’s mother gave this update on 6 July:

“Hello everyone, I wanted to give you all an update on our continued efforts to find our Jay.

“We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and support we have received and would like to thank the local hiking group for all of their help planning the routes to find our Jay. We have been contacted by a wonderful group of locals who have volunteered to continue the search. While they don’t wish to accept financial help for their search, we will be supporting them with supplies and are so grateful for their willingness to help.

“We also continue to be contacted by experienced groups offering to support our search. We are busy talking to them about what they can do to assist. But in order for us to employ their help, they need to have permission from the Spanish authorities.

“We will be sure to keep you all updated on our progress and are so grateful for your continued support to bring our boy home. Please keep sharing and supporting our fundraiser however you can.”

‘We ain’t drug mules’ Jay Slater’s friend hits back at trolls

Monday 8 July 2024 23:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Brad Hargreaves travelled out with Jay Slater to Tenerife to attend the NRG music festival - and has found himself the subject of internet trolls.

In response, he wrote a message on Instagram in which he hit out at the conspiracy theories circulating.

“Thinkin I’m involved in it all is beyond me,” he wrote.

“We’ve been mates for years, came on our first holiday together and unfortunately this has happened.

“We ain’t drug mules or whatever.... people need to know the facts before talking sh** on the internet...”

Jay Slater’s mother says ‘this is no holiday’ as she hits back at internet trolls

Tuesday 9 July 2024 00:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

In case you missed it...

Jay Slater’s mother has hit back at trolls questioning the use of money raised by the public to help in the search for the 19-year-old.

Nearly £50,000 has been donated to a GoFundMe page set up during the search on Tenerife, where Jay went missing nearly three weeks ago.

But as the search scales back, with Spanish authorities no longer looking for the young man, some people’s attention online has turned to the use of the money raised.

Jay Slater’s mother says ‘this is no holiday’ as she hits back at internet trolls

TikToker searching for Jay Slater who quit because he ‘didn’t feel safe’ in Tenerife ‘didn’t want to fail’

Tuesday 9 July 2024 01:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

A TikToker flew back to London following his two-week search of Tenerife for missing Jay Slater because he claimed he no longer felt safe on the party island.

But sick trolls were waiting for Callum Fahim as he touched down in the capital on Thursday after tracking his flight number from his livestreams online.

The keen hiker flew out to the Spanish island to help in the hunt for the 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer from Lancashire who vanished after a night out on holiday, in a case which has gripped the world.

TikToker searching for Jay Slater quit because he ‘didn’t feel safe’ in Tenerife

Having seen the area first hand, here’s why so little progress has been made in finding Jay Slater

Tuesday 9 July 2024 02:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Located in a steep valley in the beautiful Rural de Teno park, the remote village of Masca is a heaven for hikers and adventurers travelling to Tenerife.

Yet for the family and friends of Jay Slater, it has become the place of nightmares because its rugged landscape and steep ravines easily hide clues which could shed light on the teenager’s disappearance.

Read more from Holly Evans here:

Here’s why so little progress has been made in finding Jay Slater

Tuesday 9 July 2024 03:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

It has now been three weeks since Jay Slater went missing on 17 June, after telling a friend he had got lost in mountains on the island of Tenerife.

The 19-year-old had travelled to the Spanish island on 13 June to attend the NRG music festival with two friends before his disappearance.

After attending one of the events on 16 June, Jay went to an AirBnB in Parque Rural de Teno Buenavista del Norte, a remote area to the north of the island, known for its rugged and sparse terrain.

At around 8.15am, Mr Slater called his friend Lucy Law, who had been at the festival with him, to tell her he had missed his bus and was planning to make the 11-hour walk back to his accommodation.

He told her he was dehydrated, had cut his leg on a cactus, was unsure of his location, and had hardly any phone battery to use a maps app. This was the last time the teenager’s family and friends heard from him.

Jay’s father vents his frustration

Tuesday 9 July 2024 04:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

More has emerged from Jay Salter’s father, Warren’s interview with MailOnline, in which vented his frustration at the police investigation.

The Guardia Civil has wound back its search but welcomed any search and rescue teams to the island to conduct their own operations, so long as they request permission to do so.

But Warren is frustrated at the lack of help. He said: “We’re going round and round in circles. The Spanish police, you can’t go screaming and shouting at them because they don’t do anything.

“If you start screaming and shouting they won’t do anything even more. If they want to go and search a house, they have to go to court first.”

 (Sky News)
(Sky News)

Search for missing teenager in Tenerife is ‘no holiday’ says Slater’s mother

Tuesday 9 July 2024 04:30 , Namita Singh

Jay Slater’s mother hit back at trolls online saying that the search for 19-year-old missing son in Tenerife is “no holiday”.

The search for the teen who went missing on the Spanish Island on 17 June has entered fourth week.

Undated family hand out photo issued by LBT Global, of Jay Slater, as his mother said ‘words cannot describe the pain and agony we are experiencing’ after searches on Tenerife failed to trace the missing 19-year-old (Family Handout/LBT Global/PA Wire)
Undated family hand out photo issued by LBT Global, of Jay Slater, as his mother said ‘words cannot describe the pain and agony we are experiencing’ after searches on Tenerife failed to trace the missing 19-year-old (Family Handout/LBT Global/PA Wire)

“My beautiful son Jay is still missing and believe me this is no holiday,” Debbie Duncan wrote on official Jay Slater Missing Facebook group, as online trolls took shot at the family, undermining the search efforts.

“For those of you who are more concerned around the Gofundme page I can assure you that up to now it has not been used and our stay up to now has been financed by ourselves,” she said about £52,000 raised for him.

Women’s clothes amongst ‘eerie signs of signs of life’ found at ravine near Jay Slater search

Tuesday 9 July 2024 05:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

“Eerie signs of life” have been spotted near the ravine near where Jay Slater went missing in Tenerife.

When the apprentice bricklayer went missing on the morning of June 17, a huge search was launched in the remote Rural de Teno national park.

After embarking on an 11-hour hike back to his accommodation, the 19-year-old’s phone last location was recorded near a ravine in the challenging terrain.

On Thursday, Mail+ reporters visited the ravine and found: “Shoelaces tied with twigs to form haunting symbols like something out of a horror film, empty water bottles, and — most strange of all — a set of clean women’s clothes.”

ICYMI: Jay Slater’s family move search back to Tenerife town

Tuesday 9 July 2024 05:30 , Namita Singh

Jay Slater’s family have been spotted searching a town in Tenerife as they retrace the missing teenager’s final movements, despite the local mayor insisting “he wasn’t here”.

The 19-year-old’s father Warren Slater, 58, and brother Zak Slater, 23, were seen scanning the small, mountain village of Santiago del Teide on Monday, as the hunt on the Spanish island entered its fourth week.

The official search has now been called off, with Warren Slater criticising local police and residents alike for not doing more to help his son, an apprentice bricklayer from Lancashire.

On Saturday, Warren, Zak and Jay’s mother, Debbie Duncan, took part in an eight-hour search in a remote valley in the north of Tenerife, where Jay’s phone last pinged on 17 June.

My colleague Alex Ross and Tara Cobham report:

Jay Slater’s family search remote town close to teenager’s last known location

Jay Slater’s family ‘not going anywhere’ as they continue search in ‘treacherous gorge’

Tuesday 9 July 2024 06:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Jay Slater’s family have continued their search for the missing teenager in a ‘treacherous’ gorge as they vow to remain in Tenerife.

Spanish authorities culled their search last Sunday after 13 days of searching for the apprentice bricklayer in the Rural de Teno park.

However, his family and a few volunteers have remained on the island as they continue to scour near the last location Jay’s phone was tracked to.

Jay’s uncle, father and brother were joined by local hiker Juan Garcia on Saturday who said the area was a “labyrinth” and that the operation was “like looking for a needle in a haystack”.

Asked how the family are coping, Jay’s uncle told SkyNews: “It’s just torture.”

TikToker searching for Jay Slater quit because he ‘didn’t feel safe’ in Tenerife

Tuesday 9 July 2024 06:30 , Namita Singh

A TikToker flew back to London following his two-week search of Tenerife for missing Jay Slater because he claimed he no longer felt safe on the party island.

But sick trolls were waiting for Callum Fahim as he touched down in the capital on Thursday after tracking his flight number from his livestreams online.

The keen hiker flew out to the Spanish island to help in the hunt for the 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer from Lancashire who vanished after a night out on holiday, in a case which has gripped the world.

Mr Fahim said the situation had become “horrific” after he received a terrifying cryptic warning on social media, which read: “Be careful people are going to find you at the airport take extra care. He said he would love to get hold of you.”

More here:

TikToker searching for Jay Slater quit because he ‘didn’t feel safe’ in Tenerife

The vanished of Tenerife: Other people who disappeared on the island where Jay Slater went missing

Tuesday 9 July 2024 07:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

In case you missed it...

Tourists looking for an easygoing, fun holiday in the sun have headed to the island of Tenerife for decades.

From the party vibes of the neon-lit strip of Playa De Las Americas to the spiritual hikes across cacti-infested ravines in the heat, there is something for everyone.

But with its rocky cliff faces and harsh terrain, the island also has a dangerous side with completely inaccessible areas.

Tenerife’s missing: Other people who vanished on island where Jay Slater disappeared

Pictured: Brit who vanished off coast of Tenerife still never found

Tuesday 9 July 2024 07:20 , Barney Davis

Ricardo Scott Santana vanished at around 11.30am on Saturday June 15 2019 near Palm Mar, just a few miles from the well-known holiday resort of Los Cristianos where Jay Slater was staying.

Search teams in Tenerife searched looking for the 23-year-old, who disappeared from while out on a jet ski.

The missing Briton was wearing red shorts and it is thought he may have jumped into the sea off his jet ski to take a dip in the water.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said at the time: ‘We are providing support to the friends and family of a British man who has been reported missing in Tenerife, Spain. We are in contact with local authorities.’

 (Missing Persons Tenerife)
(Missing Persons Tenerife)

‘It’s just us’ Jay Slater’s father calls for Interpol to take over search for son

Tuesday 9 July 2024 08:00 , Barney Davis

Jay Slater’s father has called for Interpol to be brought to Tenerife more than a week after the Spanish Police search for the apprentice bricklayer ended on June 30.

Warren told MailOnline: “We need to, as a full family, do a proper press conference and ask the British authorities to help. He’s a British citizen. Get Interpol involved.

“It’s just us. I haven’t got a team. We need a team to come over here and find out for us what the police are doing and what we need to do.

“Our hands are tied over here, we need experts. How long can you stay here for?

“It’ll take an army 10 years to cover all this. I’d employ a team of Gurkhas.”

Jay Slater’s father says he’d ‘employ Gurkhas’ to search for son

Tuesday 9 July 2024 09:55 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater’s father has said he would “employ a full team of Gurkhas” to help continue the search for his son.

Speaking about his frustration about the increasingly slow pace of the search, Warren Slater also called for the British authorities and Interpol to get involved.

He told The Mail Online: “It’ll take an army 10 years to cover all this. I’d employ a team of Gurkhas.”

A Spanish police officer looks over the village of Masca, Tenerife, during the search for missing British teenager Jay Slater (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)
A Spanish police officer looks over the village of Masca, Tenerife, during the search for missing British teenager Jay Slater (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)

Lucy Law shares new photo of Jay

Tuesday 9 July 2024 11:03 , Athena Stavrou

Jay’s friend Lucy Law has shared a new picture of herself and Jay as the search for the missing teenager goes into its fourth week.

Lucy had attended the NRG festival with Jay in Tenerife the day before he went missing.

She was the last person to speak to the Lancashire teen on Monday morning when he called her from the Rural de Teno park to say he was lost, needed a drink of water and had one per cent battery on his phone.

 (Lucy Mae Law/Instagram)
(Lucy Mae Law/Instagram)

Father and brother widen search

Tuesday 9 July 2024 11:40 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slaters father and brother have widened their search for the missing teenager over three weeks since he vanished.

Warren and Zak Slater were spotted scouring Santiago del Teide, a mountain village on the outskirts of the Teno Rural Park on Monday.

They have spent previous days focusing their search on the valley near to where Jay’s phone signal was last recorded, close to the village of Masca.

Donations continue to pour into GoFundMe

Tuesday 9 July 2024 12:20 , Athena Stavrou

Donations are continuing to pour into the fundraiser launched to assist Jay’s family to continue their search.

The GoFundMe has now reached a total of £52,040 from over 4,300 contributions.

Jay’s mother, Debbie Duncan, previously said the funds would be used to cover the cost of their stay on the island and any extra search costs.

Spanish police issue new update

Tuesday 9 July 2024 12:51 , Athena Stavrou

Police in Tenerife have issued a new update on their search for Jay Slater.

Authorities officially culled the search last Sunday after 13 days on the ground, but have continued their investigation.

The told Manchester Evening News: “The investigation is ongoing and several lines of inquiry are being pursued.”

Jay Slater’s family ‘not going anywhere’ as they continue search in ‘treacherous gorge’

Tuesday 9 July 2024 13:20 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater’s family have continued their search for the missing teenager in a ‘treacherous’ gorge as they vow to remain in Tenerife.

Spanish authorities culled their search last Sunday after 13 days of searching for the apprentice bricklayer in the Rural de Teno park.

However, his family and a few volunteers have remained on the island as they continue to scour near the last location Jay’s phone was tracked to.

Jay’s uncle, father and brother were joined by local hiker Juan Garcia on Saturday who said the area was a “labyrinth” and that the operation was “like looking for a needle in a haystack”.

Asked how the family are coping, Jay’s uncle told SkyNews: “It’s just torture.”

Jay Slater’s family allowed to use own search teams - reports

Tuesday 9 July 2024 13:40 , Athena Stavrou

Spanish authorities have reportedly given Jay Slater’s family permission to use their own search teams as the investigation into his disappearance continues

Police called off the search for Mr Slater last Sunday having spent 13 days searching for the 19-year-old.

The investigation remains open and Jay’s family have vowed to stay on the island to continue the search. They have raised over £50,000 through a GoFundMe and have said they want to use the money to pay got specialist search teams.

Now, the Guardia Civil have told Sky News that search teams can come and help “without any problem” but must notify authorities for “good management of information and resources”.

They said they have not yet received a request.

Jay’s friend spotted leaving Tenerife

Tuesday 9 July 2024 16:20 , Athena Stavrou

Jay’s friend Brad Hargreaves has been spotted leaving Tenerife as the missing teenager’s family continue their desperate search.

Brad Hargreaves was spotted at the island’s airport on Sunday after he remained there following his friend’s disappearance.

He was on holiday with the 19-year-old and their friend Lucy Law - who was the last person to speak to Jay on the morning he went missing.

According to the MailOnline, Brad was seen at duty free before boarding a Manchester-bound flight.

It is understood that Lucy Law had already returned home after extending her stay in Tenerife to assist police enquiries.

 (This Morning)
(This Morning)

Partridge hunting season could boost search

Tuesday 9 July 2024 17:00 , Athena Stavrou

A woman local woman in Tenerife has said that the upcoming partridge hunting season could boost the search for Jay Slater.

Jay went missing from the Rural de Teno park near to the village on the morning of June 17.

“There will be different people in the area and a better chance of finding him” a woman in the village of Los Carrizales told Sky News.

Jay Slater’s family move search back to Tenerife town close to missing teenager’s last known location

Tuesday 9 July 2024 18:00 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater’s family have been spotted searching a town in Tenerife as they retrace the missing teenager’s final movements, despite the local mayor insisting “he wasn’t here”.

The 19-year-old’s father Warren Slater, 58, and brother Zak Slater, 23, were seen scanning the small, mountain village of Santiago del Teide on Monday, as the hunt on the Spanish island entered its fourth week.

The official search has now been called off, with Warren Slater criticising local police and residents alike for not doing more to help his son, an apprentice bricklayer from Lancashire.

My colleagues Tara Cobham and Alex Ross have the full story:

Jay Slater’s family search remote town close to teenager’s last known location

‘80 per cent’ of valley searched

Tuesday 9 July 2024 19:00 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater’s family say they have no searched ‘80 per cent’ of the valley near to the missing teenager’s last known location.

The MEN reported that his brother and father have expanded their search after they scoured the majority of the Valley of Barranco de Juan Lopez, close to the village of Masca.

Firefighters search near to the village of Masca, Tenerife (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)
Firefighters search near to the village of Masca, Tenerife (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)

Jay’s uncle ‘baffled’ by police decisions

Tuesday 9 July 2024 20:00 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater’s uncle, who had travelled to Tenerife to help find the teenager, has described his confusion by the decisions made by police on the island.

Glen Duncan said he was “baffled from day one” about why the two men who hosted Jay at their AirBnb before his disappearance were said to have “no relevance” so quickly.

Mr Duncan told the Manchester Evening News: “It baffled me from day one. How can you say they have no relevance when they are two of the last people to see him alive. It doesn’t make sense. I can’t get my head around it.

“It’s like if one of you guys going missing now and letting the rest of you fly home and say we’re not bothered about it. It’s a massive let down.”

The Airbnb Casa Abuela Tina in Masca, Tenerife, where missing British teenager Jay Slater resided prior to his disappearance (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)
The Airbnb Casa Abuela Tina in Masca, Tenerife, where missing British teenager Jay Slater resided prior to his disappearance (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)

Spanish police not given up hope

Tuesday 9 July 2024 21:00 , Athena Stavrou

The Spanish police have not given up hope in finding Jay Slater alive, over three weeks since the teenager went missing in Tenerife’s Rural de Teno park.

Authorities searched for 13 days before culling the operation on Sunday June 30.

In an update on Tuesday, it says their investigation remains open and several lines of inquiry are being pursued.

It is also worth noting that it had not yet classed Jay as “missing feared dead”.

 (Family Handout/LBT Global/PA Wire)
(Family Handout/LBT Global/PA Wire)

ICYMI: Jay’s family describe ‘treacherous’ terrain search is now focused on

Tuesday 9 July 2024 22:00 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater’s family have described the incredibly challenging terrain in which they have resumed the search for the missing 19-year-old in Tenerife.

Jay’s father, brother and uncle were joined by a small group of volunteers on Saturday as they searched a ‘treacherous’ gorge for the apprentice bricklayer.

His uncle, Glen Duncan, described moments where he himself was “just trying to find my own way out to safety,” rather than looking for Jay.

He told the Manchester Evening News: “It’s so easy to get lost down there. There was a group of us and you can’t see anybody. It got to a point where I wasn’t even looking for my nephew, I was just trying to find my own way out to safety.”

ICYMI: Jay Slater could still be alive surviving off ‘rainwater and plants’, private investigator suggests

Wednesday 10 July 2024 00:30 , Athena Stavrou

A private investigator has urged Jay Slater’s family “not to give up hope” as he suggests he could still be alive drinking “rainwater” and eating “plants”.

Juan García, an army reservist and private investigator, says he has been in touch with Jay Slater’s family and told The Times: “Two weeks is too premature to end the search.

“[Slater] could be alive somewhere — someone can drink from rainwater and eat plants. The family should not give up hope.”

 (PA Wire)
(PA Wire)

TikToker searching for Jay Slater who quit because he ‘didn’t feel safe’ in Tenerife ‘didn’t want to fail’

02:00 , Athena Stavrou

A TikToker flew back to London following his two-week search of Tenerife for missing Jay Slater because he claimed he no longer felt safe on the party island.

But sick trolls were waiting for Callum Fahim as he touched down in the capital on Thursday after tracking his flight number from his livestreams online.

The keen hiker flew out to the Spanish island to help in the hunt for the 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer from Lancashire who vanished after a night out on holiday, in a case which has gripped the world.

Mr Fahim said the situation had become “horrific” after he received a terrifying cryptic warning on social media, which read: “Be careful people are going to find you at the airport take extra care. He said he would love to get hold of you.”

My colleague Barney Davis has the full story:

TikToker searching for Jay Slater quit because he ‘didn’t feel safe’ in Tenerife

‘Sunglasses could be vital clue in hunt for Jay Slater’

03:30 , Athena Stavrou

Journalist Nick Pisa said he had spoken to a man who had “found a pair of sunglasses” on the gorge, and had handed them in to the police.

Pisa explained to GB News: “I’ve now spoken to an ex-British Army officer who found some sunglasses up there. He was asked not to put them in a plastic bag because of humidity, but to wrap them up in tissue paper, which he did.

“He handed them in and he had to give DNA and his fingerprints. The question is, are they connected to Jay?”

Quite disappointed’ - Jay’s father on ‘large-scale’ search

05:00 , Athena Stavrou

On June 29, a search was organised on the island after Guardia Civil officers put out a plea for help to find Jay Slater - but just six people turned up.

The MailOnline has been speaking to Jay’s father, Warren, who was out searching the area the 19-year-old was last seen on Saturday.

Speaking about the lack of people turning up for the earlier search, he told the outlet: “I was quite disappointed last Saturday when they did the search, they said the whole island was going to turn out.

“Let all the big boys do it, the police told me the big, big search was Saturday. We got down in that valley at 2pm and there wasn’t a soul.

“They might have been there I don’t know, they might have been there before me. But I was quite disappointed because I expected every fire engine, ambulance, looky looky man and every prostitute to be looking for him.”

 (Sky News)
(Sky News)

TikToker lived off Doritos while scouring the mountains of Tenerife searching for missing Jay Slater

06:00 , Athena Stavrou

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Over the past few weeks, Callum Fahim’s alarm rang at 5am every morning after another sleepless night planning a new route to search for Jay Slater that no one else has touched.

The TikToker and keen hiker, who flew out to Tenerife to help with the hunt after contacting the family, has revealed the challenging conditions helpers have faced as the days turn into weeks since the 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer vanished after a night out on holiday.

TikToker lived off Doritos while scouring Tenerife searching for missing Jay Slater

‘It’s just us’ Jay Slater’s father calls for Interpol to take over search for son - recap

07:00 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater’s father has called for Interpol to be brought to Tenerife more than a week after the Spanish Police search for the apprentice bricklayer ended on June 30.

Warren told MailOnline: “We need to, as a full family, do a proper press conference and ask the British authorities to help. He’s a British citizen. Get Interpol involved.

“It’s just us. I haven’t got a team. We need a team to come over here and find out for us what the police are doing and what we need to do.

“Our hands are tied over here, we need experts. How long can you stay here for?

“It’ll take an army 10 years to cover all this. I’d employ a team of Gurkhas.”

Mother of man who vanished in Tenerife five years ago feels pain of Jay Slater’s family

07:19 , Alexander Butler

The mother of a young Briton who vanished off the coast of Tenerife five years ago has said she feels the tears of Jay Slater’s mother on television who is crying “just like me”.

Ricardo Scott Santana, 23, vanished on a Jet Ski safari with friends at around 11.30am on June 15, 2019 - a day before he was due to fly home.

His family are still desperately looking for the “loving” youth worker, who disappeared while riding off a jet ski near Palm Mar, just a few miles from Los Cristianos where Jay Slater was staying on the party island.

Mother of man who vanished in Tenerife five years ago feels pain of Jay Slater family

Family vow to continue search

08:04 , Alexander Butler

Jay Slater’s “desperate” family have vowed to continue their search for the missing teenager as his father urged Interpol to take over.

Mr Slater’s uncle Glen Duncan, 41, described the family’s situation as “just desperate - despair” and said they would continue searching the rugged terrain of northern Tenerife.

Mr Duncan said the family feels like they’ve been left on their own and asked if they wanted help from police in the UK, he said: “We would love that, it’s just not as simple as that.”

Having seen the area first hand, here’s why so little progress has been made in finding Jay Slater

09:36 , Alexander Butler

Here’s why so little progress has been made in finding Jay Slater

Mountaineer explains difficulties in search for Jay Slater

12:11 , Alex Ross

The family of Jay Slater received the help of mountaineer Shane Yerrell, who is the mayor of Waltham Abbey in Essex, in their search for the missing teenager who vanished on the morning of 17 June.

This week, Mr Yerrell joined the family, who have been retracing Jay’s steps to the village of Masca, where he was last seen.

But he’s warned of a number of issues impacting the search.

He told The Mirror: “It’s really not easy. I struggled on the mountain and so did his family, but it didn’t bother them because their priority is powering through to find Jay.

“The altitude and the heat makes it really difficult and the mountain is massive.

“You go over one edge and then there’s another bit. It’s unbelievable out there. It would take weeks or months to cover.”

‘They’re just living in hope'

12:40 , Alex Ross

The mountaineer who has joined Jay Slater’s family in their search for the missing teeanger has described the pain they are facing.

This week, Shane Yerrell, who is the mayor of Waltham Abbey in Essex, joined the family searching the rugged terrain in the north west of Tenerife.

Mr Yerrell told The Mirror: “They’re [the family] just living on hope. It’s awful - they’ve got no answers. They don’t know whether Jay is alive or dead.

“They are doing everything to find him. They’re not just out for an hour, they’re out all day 9.30am until 6pm.

“I feel for all of them, his dad in particular. I’m a parent and my child is only a few years younger than Jay. The whole thing is heartbreaking not having any answers.”

A Spanish police officer looks over the village of Masca, Tenerife, during the search for missing British teenager Jay Slater last month (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)
A Spanish police officer looks over the village of Masca, Tenerife, during the search for missing British teenager Jay Slater last month (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)

Two of Jay Slater’s closest friends return home from Tenerife

13:15 , Alex Ross

It’s now more than three weeks since Jay Slater went to a party at Papagayo nightclub in Playa de las Americas with friends Lucy Law and Brad Hargreaves.

The friends both left before Jay went to a property in the north of the island - and since leaving that address in the morning on 17 June, has not been seen.

Following searches joined in by Ms Law and Mr Hargreaves, the pair have now reportedly left the island to return to the UK.

Ms Law was the last known person to speak to Jay, when he spoke to her on his phone to say he was lost and had 1 per cent phone battery.

Jay ‘might even be in a different part of Tenerife'

14:57 , Alex Ross

While Jay’s family have been concentrating the search for the teenager in the Rural de Teno park in recent days where his phone location last pinged, Spanish Guardia Civil are looking at other inquries, including the possibility he may be elsewhere on the island, it’s been claimed.

The police ended its search on the ground after a final last push on 29 June.

But despite concerns officers were no longer focused on the case, a source has told The Sun that the investigation “remains very much open”.

They added: “One line of inquiry is a theory that Jay might even be in a different part of Tenerife and still alive. All scenarios are being kept in mind.

“The case is very much open because there are still a number of unanswered questions which officers must find answers to.

“They are convinced someone, somewhere knows what happened to Jay or knows where is now is, and that’s what they are working towards trying to establish as quickly as they can.”

Last known movements of Jay Slater (PA)
Last known movements of Jay Slater (PA)

‘Heartbreaking’ for friends to fly home without Jay

15:30 , Alex Ross

As posted earlier, it’s been reported that two of Jay’s closest friends - Lucy Law and Brad Hargreaves - have flown home.

The pair were with Jay at a party at Papagayo nightclub in Playa de las Americas before he went to a property in the north of the island.

Jay has not been seen since leaving that address in the morning on 17 June.

Following searches joined in by Ms Law and Mr Hargreaves, the pair have now reportedly left the island to return to the UK.

A family source told The Sun: “It’s heartbreaking for the friends to have to fly home without Jay.

“But there’s only so long they can remain in Tenerife. They are flying home with mixed emotions.

“Part of them hopes to never see Tenerife again but, on the other hand, there dream is to return if Jay is found and be there to greet him and give him a hug.”

‘Hope this beautiful boy comes home safe'

16:00 , Alex Ross

Messages of support for the family of Jay Slater have been left by donors on a GoFundMe page, which has raised more than £50,000.

The money will be used for the search, and to pay for the family’s time out in Tenerife.

Paula Smyth wrote: “Hope this beautiful boy comes home safe and soon - I have a son who looks just like him cant imagine what the family are going through.”

Chris Morely wrote: “Hope you find your boy soon., keep that hope in your heart . From one mum to another.”

Rachel Gibson wrote: “I cannot imagine what you are going through at this difficult time; I hope you find answers soon. You are a wonderful family; don’t forget that so many people are rooting for you all. The good always wins in the end. May angels watch over you.”

Family speak of ‘despair'

17:00 , Alex Ross

“We have just got to sit tight” - the words of Jay’s uncle Glen Duncan, 41, who was interviewed on Sky News while in the town of Santiago del Teide.

He says the family feel like they are on their own with little help from the police.

And he wants support from the police in the UK.

He said: “So far we’ve just been in touch with the British consulate out here who have been saying it’s still a live investigation, we have just got to sit tight. It’s just adding to the despair really.”

Jay Slater went missing on the Spanish island last month (family handout/LBT Global/PA) (PA Media)
Jay Slater went missing on the Spanish island last month (family handout/LBT Global/PA) (PA Media)

More pictures shared of Jay Slater

17:05 , Alex Ross

Following the arrival back home of one of missing Jay Slater’s best friends, Lucy Law, she’s now posted previously unseen pictures of the 19-year-old.

Ms Law was part of the search effort to find Jay, who vanished on 17 June.

The teenager spoke to Ms Law on the phone on the morning, saying he was walking home and he had just one per cent left on his battery.

And now she’s shared some new pictures on Instagram showing Jay with friends.