'Extremely distressing': Jay Slater's family issue new update amid search for their 'very popular' son

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Jay Slater's family have issued a new update after it was revealed that the ground search for their loved one had come to an end.

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Jay, 19, from Oswaldtwistle near Blackburn, Lancashire, has been missing since June 17.

He disappeared the morning after attending a rave with friends on the Spanish island of Tenerife.

Instead of returning to his accommodation, he stayed out with two British men he had met at the resort of Playa de las Américas.

The following morning, Jay called his friends, Lucy Mae Law and Brad Hargreaves, to inform them he was lost, thirsty, and attempting to walk back to their holiday apartment - a journey estimated to take around 10 hours.

His phone died shortly after, with its last tracked location near the village of Masca in the mountainous Rural de Teno Park area, which became the focal point of search efforts.

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Despite extensive searches for the missing teen, there has been no sign of him or any evidence as to where he might be.

Debbie Duncan, Jay's mom, has now extended her gratitude to the Guardia Civil, who have been "working tirelessly up in the mountains where Jay’s last phone call was traced."

The authorities are still investigating why the 19-year-old ventured so far from his Tenerife accommodation.

In a statement issued through the British overseas missing persons charity LBT Global, Debbie 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 continued: "We do not have any information on his whereabouts. The Guardia Civil have worked tirelessly up in the mountains where Jay’s last phone call was traced. They conducted a land search for 12 days which involved every resource they had available.

“Although the land search ended, the Spanish police still continue with their investigations into why Jay had travelled to the location so far away from his accommodation.

“We offer our sincere thanks to the Spanish authorities who continue to follow lines of enquiries.”


Debbie also addressed the spread of false information on social media since Jay's disappearance.

"We are aware of the conspiracy theories and speculation on social media and some websites, and can only describe this as vile. The negative comments are extremely distressing to our family," she added.

"We also embrace the love and support we have received from across the globe. It has not gone unnoticed, especially his hometown in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire.

"As a family we would like the world to respect our privacy at this present time."

Screenshot2024-06-24at11.32.38(2).jpegDebbie Duncan with her son, Jay Slater. Credit: Facebook

TV investigator Mark Williams-Thomas, who flew to Tenerife last week, claimed he could solve the mystery of the 19-year-old’s disappearance in three days.

"We still have a number of outstanding actions, but have given the family a preliminary breakdown of findings," Williams-Thomas stated, as per the Independent.

"In light of the police search ending, I have suggested the family should use the GoFundMe money to continue the search using experts."

"I would appeal again, if you have any ‘direct information’ having spoken to Jay or anyone that was with him overnight June 16 and 17 and have not yet been in contact, please do so."

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'Extremely distressing': Jay Slater's family issue new update amid search for their 'very popular' son

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By James Kay

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Jay Slater's family have issued a new update after it was revealed that the ground search for their loved one had come to an end.

jayslater2(1).jpegCredit: Facebook

Jay, 19, from Oswaldtwistle near Blackburn, Lancashire, has been missing since June 17.

He disappeared the morning after attending a rave with friends on the Spanish island of Tenerife.

Instead of returning to his accommodation, he stayed out with two British men he had met at the resort of Playa de las Américas.

The following morning, Jay called his friends, Lucy Mae Law and Brad Hargreaves, to inform them he was lost, thirsty, and attempting to walk back to their holiday apartment - a journey estimated to take around 10 hours.

His phone died shortly after, with its last tracked location near the village of Masca in the mountainous Rural de Teno Park area, which became the focal point of search efforts.

jayslater(1).jpegCredit: Instagram

Despite extensive searches for the missing teen, there has been no sign of him or any evidence as to where he might be.

Debbie Duncan, Jay's mom, has now extended her gratitude to the Guardia Civil, who have been "working tirelessly up in the mountains where Jay’s last phone call was traced."

The authorities are still investigating why the 19-year-old ventured so far from his Tenerife accommodation.

In a statement issued through the British overseas missing persons charity LBT Global, Debbie 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 continued: "We do not have any information on his whereabouts. The Guardia Civil have worked tirelessly up in the mountains where Jay’s last phone call was traced. They conducted a land search for 12 days which involved every resource they had available.

“Although the land search ended, the Spanish police still continue with their investigations into why Jay had travelled to the location so far away from his accommodation.

“We offer our sincere thanks to the Spanish authorities who continue to follow lines of enquiries.”


Debbie also addressed the spread of false information on social media since Jay's disappearance.

"We are aware of the conspiracy theories and speculation on social media and some websites, and can only describe this as vile. The negative comments are extremely distressing to our family," she added.

"We also embrace the love and support we have received from across the globe. It has not gone unnoticed, especially his hometown in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire.

"As a family we would like the world to respect our privacy at this present time."

Screenshot2024-06-24at11.32.38(2).jpegDebbie Duncan with her son, Jay Slater. Credit: Facebook

TV investigator Mark Williams-Thomas, who flew to Tenerife last week, claimed he could solve the mystery of the 19-year-old’s disappearance in three days.

"We still have a number of outstanding actions, but have given the family a preliminary breakdown of findings," Williams-Thomas stated, as per the Independent.

"In light of the police search ending, I have suggested the family should use the GoFundMe money to continue the search using experts."

"I would appeal again, if you have any ‘direct information’ having spoken to Jay or anyone that was with him overnight June 16 and 17 and have not yet been in contact, please do so."

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