Jay Slater's best friend says he video called him on morning of disappearance: 'I knew he went off the road'

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By stefan armitage

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Another of Jay Slater's friends has come forward to share details of a worrying video call he had with the missing teen moments before he was reported missing.


On June 17, 19-year-old Jay - from Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire - was reported missing by friends after he disappeared following a night out in Tenerife.

The group had been attending the NRG music festival when Jay opted to stay out with two men he had met during the evening. Meanwhile, friends Lucy Mae Law and Brad Hargreaves, returned to their shared accommodation.

Jay reportedly took a taxi with the two men from the resort of Playa de Las Americas to their Airbnb the village of Masca, located in the mountainous Rural de Teno Park area.

At around 7:30AM, Jay shared a photo to Snapchat showing him having a cigarette outside of the property, before he reportedly set off to try and catch a bus.

Screenshot 2024-06-22 at 09.49.57.jpgJay Slater's final Snapchat taken outside of the Airbnb. Credit: Snapchat

Shortly after 8:00AM, Jay called Lucy Mae to tell her that he was going to attempt to walk back to their holiday apartment - rather than wait two hours for the next bus. The journey would have taken him around 10 hours on foot.

During their call, Jay also told Lucy that he was thirsty and that his phone battery was very low. The teen's phone was last tracked in the Rural de Teno Park - an area popular with hikers, near the Masca village. This is where primary search efforts have taken place for nearly two weeks.

Now, Jay's other friend, Brad, has spoken publicly about a video call they shared that morning.

Speaking to ITV News, Brad says that Jay had video called him on Snapchat while he was walking along the road. That's when he heard Jay slip.

jayslater.jpegThe search for Jay Slater is now well into its second week. Credit: Instagram

“[Jay] was on the phone walking down a road and he’d gone over a little bit - not a big drop - but a tiny little drop and he was going down, and he said ‘I’ll ring ya back, I’ll ring ya back’ because I think someone else was ringing him," Brad told ITV. "If he was thinking like me, he would have gone back up and started walking on the path again.

"He wouldn't have gone all that way down there."

Brad said that the pair continued to laugh and that Jay "didn't seem concerned" - however, he admits that he was unaware "how far away [Jay] was".

"I said [to Jay], ‘Put your location on and he said ‘a 15 minute drive or a 14 hour walk, I don’t know if it’s accurate or not’ and I said, ‘If it’s only a 15 minute drive, get a taxi’," Brad continued.

Speaking of the night prior, Brad said that the group "split up" after Jay went off with "people that he already knew".

448724401_886311363536258_16386800179997207_n(1).jpegRescuers in Tenerife. Credit: Bomberos Voluntarios de Santiago del Teide

On his way to the Airbnb in Masca, Jay called Brad to saying that he would be staying with the two men for the evening and would be "back the next day".

Admitting that he "didn't think anything" of his last call with Jay at the time, Brad adding: "I just thought he was going to get a bus home or a taxi home because that's what he says he is going to do.

"Next thing you know his phone dies and it's 10 days on now and nothing since."

Brad's interview comes as the Civil Guard issued an appeal for volunteers to take part in a "massive search" for Jay on Saturday, June 29.

The day prior, Angel Sanz Coronado - the police chief of the Civil Guard in Tenerife - said in a statement that officers will be joined by specialist search dog teams to try and find Jay, and called on volunteers to assist.



“Given that it is a steep, rocky area, full of uneven terrain and with many ravines, tracks and trails," Coronado said in the statement (translated).

"We request the collaboration of all those volunteer associations that can help in this planned search that is intended to be carried out in a directed and coordinated way.

“This massive search will begin on Saturday, 29 June at 09:00 hours. A meeting point will be established at the Mirador de la Cruz de Hilda in Masca to start the search in a logical and orderly way along the many paths and ravines that are found in Masca."

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Jay Slater's best friend says he video called him on morning of disappearance: 'I knew he went off the road'

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By stefan armitage

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Another of Jay Slater's friends has come forward to share details of a worrying video call he had with the missing teen moments before he was reported missing.


On June 17, 19-year-old Jay - from Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire - was reported missing by friends after he disappeared following a night out in Tenerife.

The group had been attending the NRG music festival when Jay opted to stay out with two men he had met during the evening. Meanwhile, friends Lucy Mae Law and Brad Hargreaves, returned to their shared accommodation.

Jay reportedly took a taxi with the two men from the resort of Playa de Las Americas to their Airbnb the village of Masca, located in the mountainous Rural de Teno Park area.

At around 7:30AM, Jay shared a photo to Snapchat showing him having a cigarette outside of the property, before he reportedly set off to try and catch a bus.

Screenshot 2024-06-22 at 09.49.57.jpgJay Slater's final Snapchat taken outside of the Airbnb. Credit: Snapchat

Shortly after 8:00AM, Jay called Lucy Mae to tell her that he was going to attempt to walk back to their holiday apartment - rather than wait two hours for the next bus. The journey would have taken him around 10 hours on foot.

During their call, Jay also told Lucy that he was thirsty and that his phone battery was very low. The teen's phone was last tracked in the Rural de Teno Park - an area popular with hikers, near the Masca village. This is where primary search efforts have taken place for nearly two weeks.

Now, Jay's other friend, Brad, has spoken publicly about a video call they shared that morning.

Speaking to ITV News, Brad says that Jay had video called him on Snapchat while he was walking along the road. That's when he heard Jay slip.

jayslater.jpegThe search for Jay Slater is now well into its second week. Credit: Instagram

“[Jay] was on the phone walking down a road and he’d gone over a little bit - not a big drop - but a tiny little drop and he was going down, and he said ‘I’ll ring ya back, I’ll ring ya back’ because I think someone else was ringing him," Brad told ITV. "If he was thinking like me, he would have gone back up and started walking on the path again.

"He wouldn't have gone all that way down there."

Brad said that the pair continued to laugh and that Jay "didn't seem concerned" - however, he admits that he was unaware "how far away [Jay] was".

"I said [to Jay], ‘Put your location on and he said ‘a 15 minute drive or a 14 hour walk, I don’t know if it’s accurate or not’ and I said, ‘If it’s only a 15 minute drive, get a taxi’," Brad continued.

Speaking of the night prior, Brad said that the group "split up" after Jay went off with "people that he already knew".

448724401_886311363536258_16386800179997207_n(1).jpegRescuers in Tenerife. Credit: Bomberos Voluntarios de Santiago del Teide

On his way to the Airbnb in Masca, Jay called Brad to saying that he would be staying with the two men for the evening and would be "back the next day".

Admitting that he "didn't think anything" of his last call with Jay at the time, Brad adding: "I just thought he was going to get a bus home or a taxi home because that's what he says he is going to do.

"Next thing you know his phone dies and it's 10 days on now and nothing since."

Brad's interview comes as the Civil Guard issued an appeal for volunteers to take part in a "massive search" for Jay on Saturday, June 29.

The day prior, Angel Sanz Coronado - the police chief of the Civil Guard in Tenerife - said in a statement that officers will be joined by specialist search dog teams to try and find Jay, and called on volunteers to assist.



“Given that it is a steep, rocky area, full of uneven terrain and with many ravines, tracks and trails," Coronado said in the statement (translated).

"We request the collaboration of all those volunteer associations that can help in this planned search that is intended to be carried out in a directed and coordinated way.

“This massive search will begin on Saturday, 29 June at 09:00 hours. A meeting point will be established at the Mirador de la Cruz de Hilda in Masca to start the search in a logical and orderly way along the many paths and ravines that are found in Masca."

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