Jay Slater missing: British teen, 19, missing in Tenerife after making desperate call to friends from 'middle of nowhere' on night out

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The mum of missing 19-year-old British teenager Jay Slater says she is ‘beside herself with worry’ after his disappearance in Tenerife.

Jay, from Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire, travelled to the Canary Island for a musical festival with pal Lucy and another friend. He reportedly went to stay with people he had met on the holiday after a night out. Yesterday morning (June 17), Jay called Lucy to say he was trying to walk back after not being able to catch a bus. He told her his phone battery was on 1 per cent, that he needed a drink of water and “didn't know where he was”. His phone then died with his last location showing as being in “the middle of mountains with nothing around”, Lucy said. The location is in the Rural de Teno Park - or the National Park of Teno - which is popular with hikers.

His mother Debbie has flown out to the island to help in the search.

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She told the Daily Mail: "I'm obviously beside myself with worry which is why I've flown out here with my eldest son to do anything we can to help. We're just praying the police or someone finds Jay. I know there's a mountain rescue team out and a helicopter. Nothing's ever going to be enough when your youngest son's gone missing but it sounds as if the police here are taking this very seriously and doing the best job they can.”

The closest town is Santiago del Teide. Jay’s friends are now frantically searching for him on the island. Lucy told the Manchester Evening News: "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.

Jay Slater, 19, is reportedly missing in a mountain region of Tenerife. (Photo: Contributed)Jay Slater, 19, is reportedly missing in a mountain region of Tenerife. (Photo: Contributed)
Jay Slater, 19, is reportedly missing in a mountain region of Tenerife. (Photo: Contributed) | Contributed

"He's ended up out in the middle of nowhere. 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 morning saying his phone was on 1 per cent, he said 'I don't know where I am, I need a drink and my phone is about to die'."

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She said police said they had sent mountain rescue out to the area yesterday and has spoken to the people who Jay was staying with, who said he had left their apartment at around 8am yesterday to 'catch a bus'. She added: "I've never been so worried in my life. I was there all yesterday, a lovely lady messaged me on Facebook and said she had hired a car and would drive me up there.”

Jay was last seen wearing a white T-shirt with shorts and trainers. He was also believed to be carrying a black bag.

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