Sinister new Jay Slater phone theory could turn missing person case on its head

Jay Slater
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A former British Army officer has suggested that Jay Slater's mobile 'may have been thrown' before his disappearance. The 19-year-old from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, vanished on the Spanish island of Tenerife on June 17. He was last seen leaving an Airbnb accommodation situated in the north of Tenerife, near the village of Masca, at around 8am on the day he went missing.

The final signal from his phone was detected in the Parque Rural de Teno nature reserve, an area which became the focal point for the Spanish police's search efforts until they concluded their formal operations on Sunday. Friends and family members have not given up and continue to search for him.

Journalist Nick Pisa, who has been following Jay's disappearance closely and speaking with Spanish authorities as well as investigators on site, has highlighted a developing theory about why the teen's phone signal stopped in such an inaccessible location. After discussing the matter with a veteran ex-British Army officer, Pisa now suspects Jay's phone may have been thrown away, reports Wales Online.

According to Pisa, the position indicated by the phone's GPS would only make sense "if the phone was thrown" into the rugged landscape. On GB News, he said: "We're not obviously being kept up to speed, but [the former officer] did tell me that he thought where the ping came from was rather surprising because it was really steep to get to, and it was covered in undergrowth and cacti."

Pisa revealed that expert climbers were "still searching with the backing of Jay's family", despite the Civil Guard's active search ending. The reporter added of one: "I must admit, I've seen him up there several times, and he seems to be the more serious." For the latest Welsh news delivered to your inbox sign up to our newsletter

Lucy Mae Law, a close friend who accompanied Jay to the Canary Islands, was among the last to hear from him at around 8am on the day of his disappearance. During a call, Jay informed her of his attempt to return to where they were staying after failing to catch the bus, expressing his exhaustion, dehydration, a cut from a cactus, and barely having any battery left on his phone.

Jay Slater's mother Debbie Duncan

Speaking on July 18, Lucy recounted the events, saying: "He's gone on a night out, he's gone to a friend's house, someone that he has met on holiday. One of the people he has met has hired a car out of here, so he's driven them back to his apartment and Jay has gone there not realising how far away it is. He's ended up out in the middle of nowhere."

She continued, detailing Jay's predicament: "Jay was obviously thinking he would be able to get home from there. But then in the morning he's set off walking, using his Maps on his phone and ended up in the middle of mountains with nothing around. He rang me at about 8 o'clock in the morning saying his phone was on 1%. He said 'I don't know where I am, I need a drink and my phone is about to die'."

Spanish police ended their search for Jay on Sunday
Spanish police ended their search for Jay on Sunday

She succeeded in tracking down the Airbnb on the very day her friend disappeared by pinpointing landmarks visible in Jay's final Snapchat. She confronted the two men who were still at the location, recounting: "We managed to find the house. I knocked on the door and there were two people there."

She said they recounted that Jay had stepped outside for a smoke before returning inside and expressing his desire to return home. "They told me he'd spoken to the next-door neighbours and they'd told him there was a bus every 10 minutes back down to Los Cristianos," Lucy explained. She went on to reveal, "The bus stop was right next to the house. So obviously if he'd gone to get the bus he wouldn't have got lost because it [the stop] was visible from the front door."