Spanish authorities reject help from UK police amid search for Jay Slater

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Authorities in Tenerife have turned down assistance from UK police amid the desperate search for UK teenager Jay Slater.

READ MORE: A Timeline - Everything We Know About The Disappearance Of Jay Slater

Jay Slater, a 19-year-old from Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire, went missing on Monday, (June 17) while attending the NRG music festival in Tenerife with friends.

His last contact was with his friend Lucy Mae Law around 8:15AM that morning, moments before his phone battery died. Jay was seen asking about bus schedules in Buenavista del Norte shortly before walking away from a local cafe.

After spending the night at a remote rental apartment with two British men he met on Sunday night, Jay's phone ran out of battery as he attempted to make a 10-hour walk back to his shared accommodation with Lucy Mae. The area where his phone last pinged was in the Rural de Teno Park, near Masca village, known for its popular hiking trails.

Screenshot 2024-06-19 at 20.34.24.jpgJay Slater wearing the shirt he believed to have disappeared in. Credit: Instagram

During his final call, Jay told Lucy Mae that he was lost and needed water before his phone died.

The ensuing search resulted in his, prompting his mom, Debbie Duncan, and other relatives to travel to Tenerife to aid in the search efforts.



Worried mom Debbie has spoken out about her profound distress, describing the situation as a "living nightmare". She made an emotional plea for his safe return, saying: "I want my baby back. It's a nightmare, an absolute living nightmare."

As the search enters its sixth day, Lancashire Police in the UK have issued a statement revealing that they have offered to assist with the search for the teenager - but the Spanish Civil Guard has rejected the offer.

Per the Manchester Evening News, the statement reads: "First and foremost, our thoughts are with Jay’s family at this time. They must be going through the most distressing ordeal not knowing what has happened to their loved one.

"Whilst this case falls outside the jurisdiction of UK policing, we have made an offer of support to the Guardia Civil to see if they need any additional resources.

"They have confirmed that at this time they are satisfied that they have the resources they need, but that offer remains open and they will contact us should that position change."

It comes after Lucy Mae criticized the Spanish authorities for "not doing enough" in the search for Jay.

Screenshot 2024-06-19 at 10.11.37.jpg19-year-old Jay Slater went missing after a night out on the island. Credit: Handout

Speaking to The Independent, Lucy Mae said: "The police are not doing everything they can.

“It’s been longer than 72 hours now and there isn’t enough going on. They are still asking the same questions that should have been logged at 10:00AM on Monday when I first reported this."

"We need British police here," Lucy Mae added in an interview with the Mirror. "I just want to find my mate. He’s been missing three days. It’s not looking good now. We feel as though it’s down to us to find him and that we’re doing more than the police.

"The police here don’t speak English and don’t even have a translator after three days. I feel like they’re fobbing me off. They’re still asking me the same questions as when I first reported Jay missing.”

Lucy Mae's comments came after the Civil Guard temporarily shifted their search from the south to the north of the island on Wednesday.

The decision came following a possible sighting of Jay - a tip Lucy Mae described as a "false lead".

GettyImages-1720832995 (2).jpgLancashire Police says their offer has been turned down by the Civil Guard. Credit: Europa Press News / Getty

Per the Mirror, Lucy Mae said: “Someone has given a false lead to the police saying he’s rang a taxi down to Los Cristianos. If this was the case he would have rang his mum or one of us. I know him well and he would NOT have us worrying."

“Someone is trying to deter the police from him being up there," Lucy Mae added. "I’m starting to think he’s been kidnapped.”

Featured image credit: Europa Press News / Getty

Spanish authorities reject help from UK police amid search for Jay Slater

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By stefan armitage

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Authorities in Tenerife have turned down assistance from UK police amid the desperate search for UK teenager Jay Slater.

READ MORE: A Timeline - Everything We Know About The Disappearance Of Jay Slater

Jay Slater, a 19-year-old from Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire, went missing on Monday, (June 17) while attending the NRG music festival in Tenerife with friends.

His last contact was with his friend Lucy Mae Law around 8:15AM that morning, moments before his phone battery died. Jay was seen asking about bus schedules in Buenavista del Norte shortly before walking away from a local cafe.

After spending the night at a remote rental apartment with two British men he met on Sunday night, Jay's phone ran out of battery as he attempted to make a 10-hour walk back to his shared accommodation with Lucy Mae. The area where his phone last pinged was in the Rural de Teno Park, near Masca village, known for its popular hiking trails.

Screenshot 2024-06-19 at 20.34.24.jpgJay Slater wearing the shirt he believed to have disappeared in. Credit: Instagram

During his final call, Jay told Lucy Mae that he was lost and needed water before his phone died.

The ensuing search resulted in his, prompting his mom, Debbie Duncan, and other relatives to travel to Tenerife to aid in the search efforts.



Worried mom Debbie has spoken out about her profound distress, describing the situation as a "living nightmare". She made an emotional plea for his safe return, saying: "I want my baby back. It's a nightmare, an absolute living nightmare."

As the search enters its sixth day, Lancashire Police in the UK have issued a statement revealing that they have offered to assist with the search for the teenager - but the Spanish Civil Guard has rejected the offer.

Per the Manchester Evening News, the statement reads: "First and foremost, our thoughts are with Jay’s family at this time. They must be going through the most distressing ordeal not knowing what has happened to their loved one.

"Whilst this case falls outside the jurisdiction of UK policing, we have made an offer of support to the Guardia Civil to see if they need any additional resources.

"They have confirmed that at this time they are satisfied that they have the resources they need, but that offer remains open and they will contact us should that position change."

It comes after Lucy Mae criticized the Spanish authorities for "not doing enough" in the search for Jay.

Screenshot 2024-06-19 at 10.11.37.jpg19-year-old Jay Slater went missing after a night out on the island. Credit: Handout

Speaking to The Independent, Lucy Mae said: "The police are not doing everything they can.

“It’s been longer than 72 hours now and there isn’t enough going on. They are still asking the same questions that should have been logged at 10:00AM on Monday when I first reported this."

"We need British police here," Lucy Mae added in an interview with the Mirror. "I just want to find my mate. He’s been missing three days. It’s not looking good now. We feel as though it’s down to us to find him and that we’re doing more than the police.

"The police here don’t speak English and don’t even have a translator after three days. I feel like they’re fobbing me off. They’re still asking me the same questions as when I first reported Jay missing.”

Lucy Mae's comments came after the Civil Guard temporarily shifted their search from the south to the north of the island on Wednesday.

The decision came following a possible sighting of Jay - a tip Lucy Mae described as a "false lead".

GettyImages-1720832995 (2).jpgLancashire Police says their offer has been turned down by the Civil Guard. Credit: Europa Press News / Getty

Per the Mirror, Lucy Mae said: “Someone has given a false lead to the police saying he’s rang a taxi down to Los Cristianos. If this was the case he would have rang his mum or one of us. I know him well and he would NOT have us worrying."

“Someone is trying to deter the police from him being up there," Lucy Mae added. "I’m starting to think he’s been kidnapped.”

Featured image credit: Europa Press News / Getty