Jay Slater missing: Spanish police share latest updates on missing teenager in Tenerife as father pleads British authorities to get involved

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Spanish police have issued an update on Jay Slater who has now been missing for more than three weeks in Tenerife.

A source close to the case insisted investigators were not working on the basis Jay was “missing feared dead” and insisted they are still pursuing several lines of inquiry. Spanish police say they have not given up hope of finding the missing teenager.

Asked whether the investigation had moved on and police now had a clearer idea of what had happened to Jay, a spokesman for the Civil Guard said: “The investigation is ongoing and several lines of inquiry are being pursued.” 

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His family have been left frustrated and angered after local police called off official searches after two weeks. They are also baffled about why police ruled out two men who drove Jay to a remote Airbnb near the village of Masco so quickly, allowing them to fly home to the UK.

Spanish police have issued an update on Jay Slater who has now been missing for more than three weeks in Tenerife. (Photo: James Manning/PA Wire)Spanish police have issued an update on Jay Slater who has now been missing for more than three weeks in Tenerife. (Photo: James Manning/PA Wire)
Spanish police have issued an update on Jay Slater who has now been missing for more than three weeks in Tenerife. (Photo: James Manning/PA Wire) | James Manning/PA Wire

Jay’s dad Warren, and brother Zak, have been hiking through the treacherous mountain region where his phone last pinged. On Monday (8 July) Warren pleaded with the British authorities to get involved and help find his son. But Lancashire police confirmed that their position has not changed and they will not be going out to aid in the search.

Apprentice bricklayer Jay disappeared on the Spanish island on June 17.He was last seen leaving an Airbnb in the north of the island, close to the village of Masca. The teenager, who was on holiday with his pals Lucy, 18, and Brad Hargreaves, 19, had previously been partying at the Papagayo nightclub in Playa de las Americas. He left the event with two British men to go back to the rented property.

Jay Slater’s dad questioned why no-one had seen his son walking along the twisting mountain road in a popular tourist spot. He said: “From the bnb, he’s a fit lad, 25 minutes you can get to the top, to where the café is. If he’s followed the road and been where we’ve been today, it’s took him an hour and a half.

“Dozens of cars would have gone past him. We got here at 9am and the 10am bus passed us. And it would have passed him. I’ve been up here three weeks and I’ve never seen as many cars.” 

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