Latest news on Jay Slater: Friends of missing teenager in Tenerife, Lucy Mae Law and Brad Hargreaves, fly back to UK as desperate search continues

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Jay Slater’s best friends, who were on holiday with the teenager, have now flown back to the UK as the desperate search continues in Tenerife.

Lucy Mae Law and Brad Hargreaves flew out to the Spanish holiday island with Jay for an eight-day holiday last month. The three friends, all 19, were all last together at Papagayo nightclub in the raucous resort of Playa de las Americas on June 17. 

Brad had stayed on in Tenerife with his mum Rachel - although he was not seen taking part in any searches . He was spotted at Tenerife south airport late on Sunday night (7 July). Brad is believed to have returned to his home at Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, with Jay's uncle Glen Duncan, 41. He was seen in the queue to board a Manchester bound flight from Tenerife and had earlier been seen browsing the cigarette section of the duty free shop.

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Both Brad and his mum Rachel vowed to stay in Tenerife for “as long as it takes” to support Jay's distraught family but he is believed to have returned home due to his work commitments. It is understood that Lucy headed home some time earlier. The search is entering its fourth week.

Jay Slater’s friends, who were on holiday with the teenager, have flown back to the UK from Tenerife. (Photo:  PA)Jay Slater’s friends, who were on holiday with the teenager, have flown back to the UK from Tenerife. (Photo:  PA)
Jay Slater’s friends, who were on holiday with the teenager, have flown back to the UK from Tenerife. (Photo: PA) | PA

Taking to her Instagram for the first time since Jay vanished, Lucy posted a picture of the pair together with a crying face emoji as the caption last week. Lucy was the one who set up a GoFundMe to raise money for Jay and to help fund the search, which has since raised over £50,000. 

Spanish police have issued an update on Jay Slater. 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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