Jay Slater missing – latest: Father rages ‘everything stinks’ as search for teenager enters fourth week


Jay Slater’s father has voiced his frustration as the search for his 19-year-old son enters a fourth week.

It is now three weeks exactly since the teenager vanished in Tenerife’s Rural de Teno park on Monday 17 June.

The case has captured the attention of the nation, with over £50,000 being donated to the 19-year-old’s family, who have flown out to continue searching for him – despite authorities ending the official search a week ago.

His mother, Debbie Duncan, said the family has been “overwhelmed” by the support as she issued an update on the GoFundMe.

She said local volunteer groups had offered to continue searching and that they are also in contact with “experienced groups” who have offered assistance.

That included Jay’s father, Warren Slater, who carried out a search with the teenager’s uncle and brother, close to the last location Jay’s phone “pinged” on Saturday.

But he has voiced his concern over the theories over his son’s disapperance, and the local police response. He told MailOnline: “Everything stinks. It’s just a riddle and I don’t know the outcome.”

He also spoke of his frustration over a woman at a restaurant who he said last saw his son walking the wrong way before he vanished.

Key Points

  • Jay Slater’s mother provides GoFundMe update

  • Jay Slater’s family ‘not going anywhere’ as they continue search in ‘treacherous gorge’

  • TikToker searching for Jay Slater who quit because he ‘didn’t feel safe’ in Tenerife

  • Jay’s father vents frustration at investigation

Women’s clothes amongst ‘eerie signs of signs of life’ found at ravine near Jay Slater search

05:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

“Eerie signs of life” have been spotted near the ravine near where Jay Slater went missing in Tenerife.

When the apprentice bricklayer went missing on the morning of June 17, a huge search was launched in the remote Rural de Teno national park.

After embarking on an 11-hour hike back to his accommodation, the 19-year-old’s phone last location was recorded near a ravine in the challenging terrain.

On Thursday, Mail+ reporters visited the ravine and found: “Shoelaces tied with twigs to form haunting symbols like something out of a horror film, empty water bottles, and — most strange of all — a set of clean women’s clothes.”

Search for missing teenager in Tenerife is ‘no holiday’ says Slater’s mother

04:30 , Namita Singh

Jay Slater’s mother hit back at trolls online saying that the search for 19-year-old missing son in Tenerife is “no holiday”.

The search for the teen who went missing on the Spanish Island on 17 June has entered fourth week.

Undated family hand out photo issued by LBT Global, of Jay Slater, as his mother said ‘words cannot describe the pain and agony we are experiencing’ after searches on Tenerife failed to trace the missing 19-year-old (Family Handout/LBT Global/PA Wire)

Undated family hand out photo issued by LBT Global, of Jay Slater, as his mother said ‘words cannot describe the pain and agony we are experiencing’ after searches on Tenerife failed to trace the missing 19-year-old (Family Handout/LBT Global/PA Wire)

“My beautiful son Jay is still missing and believe me this is no holiday,” Debbie Duncan wrote on official Jay Slater Missing Facebook group, as online trolls took shot at the family, undermining the search efforts.

“For those of you who are more concerned around the Gofundme page I can assure you that up to now it has not been used and our stay up to now has been financed by ourselves,” she said about £52,000 raised for him.

Jay’s father vents his frustration

04:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

More has emerged from Jay Salter’s father, Warren’s interview with MailOnline, in which vented his frustration at the police investigation.

The Guardia Civil has wound back its search but welcomed any search and rescue teams to the island to conduct their own operations, so long as they request permission to do so.

But Warren is frustrated at the lack of help. He said: “We’re going round and round in circles. The Spanish police, you can’t go screaming and shouting at them because they don’t do anything.

“If you start screaming and shouting they won’t do anything even more. If they want to go and search a house, they have to go to court first.”

 (Sky News)

(Sky News)

03:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

It has now been three weeks since Jay Slater went missing on 17 June, after telling a friend he had got lost in mountains on the island of Tenerife.

The 19-year-old had travelled to the Spanish island on 13 June to attend the NRG music festival with two friends before his disappearance.

After attending one of the events on 16 June, Jay went to an AirBnB in Parque Rural de Teno Buenavista del Norte, a remote area to the north of the island, known for its rugged and sparse terrain.

At around 8.15am, Mr Slater called his friend Lucy Law, who had been at the festival with him, to tell her he had missed his bus and was planning to make the 11-hour walk back to his accommodation.

He told her he was dehydrated, had cut his leg on a cactus, was unsure of his location, and had hardly any phone battery to use a maps app. This was the last time the teenager’s family and friends heard from him.

Having seen the area first hand, here’s why so little progress has been made in finding Jay Slater

02:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Located in a steep valley in the beautiful Rural de Teno park, the remote village of Masca is a heaven for hikers and adventurers travelling to Tenerife.

Yet for the family and friends of Jay Slater, it has become the place of nightmares because its rugged landscape and steep ravines easily hide clues which could shed light on the teenager’s disappearance.

Read more from Holly Evans here:

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Here’s why so little progress has been made in finding Jay Slater

TikToker searching for Jay Slater who quit because he ‘didn’t feel safe’ in Tenerife ‘didn’t want to fail’

01:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

A TikToker flew back to London following his two-week search of Tenerife for missing Jay Slater because he claimed he no longer felt safe on the party island.

But sick trolls were waiting for Callum Fahim as he touched down in the capital on Thursday after tracking his flight number from his livestreams online.

The keen hiker flew out to the Spanish island to help in the hunt for the 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer from Lancashire who vanished after a night out on holiday, in a case which has gripped the world.

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TikToker searching for Jay Slater quit because he ‘didn’t feel safe’ in Tenerife

Jay Slater’s mother says ‘this is no holiday’ as she hits back at internet trolls

Tuesday 9 July 2024 00:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

In case you missed it…

Jay Slater’s mother has hit back at trolls questioning the use of money raised by the public to help in the search for the 19-year-old.

Nearly £50,000 has been donated to a GoFundMe page set up during the search on Tenerife, where Jay went missing nearly three weeks ago.

But as the search scales back, with Spanish authorities no longer looking for the young man, some people’s attention online has turned to the use of the money raised.

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Jay Slater’s mother says ‘this is no holiday’ as she hits back at internet trolls

‘We ain’t drug mules’ Jay Slater’s friend hits back at trolls

Monday 8 July 2024 23:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Brad Hargreaves travelled out with Jay Slater to Tenerife to attend the NRG music festival – and has found himself the subject of internet trolls.

In response, he wrote a message on Instagram in which he hit out at the conspiracy theories circulating.

“Thinkin I’m involved in it all is beyond me,” he wrote.

“We’ve been mates for years, came on our first holiday together and unfortunately this has happened.

“We ain’t drug mules or whatever…. people need to know the facts before talking sh** on the internet…”

Debbie Duncan’s full GoFundMe statement

Monday 8 July 2024 22:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Jay Slater’s mother gave this update on 6 July:

“Hello everyone, I wanted to give you all an update on our continued efforts to find our Jay.

“We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and support we have received and would like to thank the local hiking group for all of their help planning the routes to find our Jay. We have been contacted by a wonderful group of locals who have volunteered to continue the search. While they don’t wish to accept financial help for their search, we will be supporting them with supplies and are so grateful for their willingness to help.

“We also continue to be contacted by experienced groups offering to support our search. We are busy talking to them about what they can do to assist. But in order for us to employ their help, they need to have permission from the Spanish authorities.

“We will be sure to keep you all updated on our progress and are so grateful for your continued support to bring our boy home. Please keep sharing and supporting our fundraiser however you can.”

‘A very popular young man with a large circle of friends’

Monday 8 July 2024 21:14 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Jay Slater’s mother, Debbie Duncan, revealed more about her son as she issued a statement through British overseas missing persons charity LBT Global this week.

She 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.”

TikToker lived off Doritos while scouring the mountains of Tenerife searching for missing Jay Slater

Monday 8 July 2024 20:05 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

In case you missed this…

Over the past few weeks, Callum Fahim’s alarm rang at 5am every morning after another sleepless night planning a new route to search for Jay Slater that no one else has touched.

The TikToker and keen hiker, who flew out to Tenerife to help with the hunt after contacting the family, has revealed the challenging conditions helpers have faced as the days turn into weeks since the 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer vanished after a night out on holiday.

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TikToker lived off Doritos while scouring Tenerife searching for missing Jay Slater

Jay Slater’s family allowed to use own search teams – reports

Monday 8 July 2024 19:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Spanish authorities have reportedly given Jay Slater’s family permission to use their own search teams as the investigation into his disappearance nears the three-week mark.

Police called off the search for Mr Slater last Sunday having spent 13 days searching for the 19-year-old.

The investigation remains open and Jay’s family have vowed to stay on the island to continue the search. They have raised over £50,000 through a GoFundMe and have said they want to use the money to pay got specialist search teams.

Now, the Guardia Civil have told Sky News that search teams can come and help “without any problem” but must notify authorities for “good management of information and resources”.

They said they have not yet received a request.

The vanished of Tenerife: Other people who disappeared on the island where Jay Slater went missing

Monday 8 July 2024 18:08 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Tourists looking for an easygoing, fun holiday in the sun have headed to the island of Tenerife for decades.

From the party vibes of the neon-lit strip of Playa De Las Americas to the spiritual hikes across cacti-infested ravines in the heat, there is something for everyone.

But with its rocky cliff faces and harsh terrain, the island also has a dangerous side with completely inaccessible areas.

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Tenerife’s missing: Other people who vanished on island where Jay Slater disappeared

Jay Slater’s family ‘not going anywhere’ as they continue search in ‘treacherous gorge’

Monday 8 July 2024 17:24 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Jay Slater’s family have continued their search for the missing teenager in a ‘treacherous’ gorge as they vow to remain in Tenerife.

Spanish authorities culled their search last Sunday after 13 days of searching for the apprentice bricklayer in the Rural de Teno park.

However, his family and a few volunteers have remained on the island as they continue to scour near the last location Jay’s phone was tracked to.

Jay’s uncle, father and brother were joined by local hiker Juan Garcia on Saturday who said the area was a “labyrinth” and that the operation was “like looking for a needle in a haystack”.

Asked how the family are coping, Jay’s uncle told SkyNews: “It’s just torture.”

Jay Slater’s mother says ‘this is no holiday’ as she hits back at internet trolls

Monday 8 July 2024 15:57 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Jay Slater’s mother has hit back at trolls questioning the use of money raised by the public to help in the search for the 19-year-old.

Nearly £50,000 has been donated to a GoFundMe page set up during the search on Tenerife, where Jay went missing nearly three weeks ago.

But as the search scales back, with Spanish authorities no longer looking for the young man, some people’s attention online has turned to the use of the money raised.

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Jay Slater’s mother says ‘this is no holiday’ as she hits back at internet trolls

Having seen the area first hand, here’s why so little progress has been made in finding Jay Slater

Monday 8 July 2024 15:01 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Located in a steep valley in the beautiful Rural de Teno park, the remote village of Masca is a heaven for hikers and adventurers travelling to Tenerife.

Yet for the family and friends of Jay Slater, it has become the place of nightmares because its rugged landscape and steep ravines easily hide clues which could shed light on the teenager’s disappearance.

Read Holly Evans’ report from the search area in Tenerife:

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Here’s why so little progress has been made in finding Jay Slater

TikToker searching for Jay Slater who quit because he ‘didn’t feel safe’ in Tenerife ‘didn’t want to fail’

Monday 8 July 2024 14:19 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

A TikToker flew back to London following his two-week search of Tenerife for missing Jay Slater because he claimed he no longer felt safe on the party island.

But sick trolls were waiting for Callum Fahim as he touched down in the capital on Thursday after tracking his flight number from his livestreams online.

The keen hiker flew out to the Spanish island to help in the hunt for the 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer from Lancashire who vanished after a night out on holiday, in a case which has gripped the world.

Barney Davis reports:

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TikToker searching for Jay Slater quit because he ‘didn’t feel safe’ in Tenerife

Three weeks today since Jay went missing

Monday 8 July 2024 11:50 , Alex Ross

It’s now three weeks since Jay Slater went missing on 17 June, after telling a friend he had got lost in mountains on the island of Tenerife.

The 19-year-old had travelled to the Spanish island on 13 June to attend the NRG music festival with two friends before his disappearance.

After attending one of the events on 16 June, Jay went to an AirBnB in Parque Rural de Teno Buenavista del Norte, a remote area to the north of the island, known for its rugged and sparse terrain.

At around 8.15am, Mr Slater called his friend Lucy Law, who had been at the festival with him, to tell her he had missed his bus and was planning to make the 11-hour walk back to his accommodation.

He told her he was dehydrated, had cut his leg on a cactus, was unsure of his location, and had hardly any phone battery to use a maps app. This was the last time the teenager’s family and friends heard from him.

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Mapped: Jay Slater’s last known movements in Tenerife as search for teen continues

‘You start screaming and shouting’- Jay’s father

Monday 8 July 2024 11:24 , Alex Ross

More has emerged from Jay Salter’s father, Warren’s interview with MailOnline, in which vented his frustration at the police investigation.

The Guardia Civil has wound back its search but welcomed any search and rescue teams to the island to conduct their own operations, so long as they request permission to do so.

But Warren is frustrated at the lack of help. He said: “We’re going round and round in circles. The Spanish police, you can’t go screaming and shouting at them because they don’t do anything.

“If you start screaming and shouting they won’t do anything even more. If they want to go and search a house, they have to go to court first.”

Jay Slater’s father, Warren, has vented his frustration at the lack of help from local police (Sky News)

Jay Slater’s father, Warren, has vented his frustration at the lack of help from local police (Sky News)

Jay’s father vents frustration at investigation and help from locals

Monday 8 July 2024 09:45 , Alex Ross

Although the police search on the island for Jay has been scaled back, the family is still leading a operation to find the 19-year-old with help of some volunteers.

On Saturday, Jay’s father, Warren, was part of a 10-strong volunteer team that combed through the treacherous terrain near where the teenager was last seen.

And there has been growing frustration from the family over help from locals who last saw Jay.

Speaking to MailOnline, Warren said: “One woman, he’s knocked on her door, she said at 10 and he went the wrong way.

“This morning I’ve seen her, she didn’t want to stop. It’s somebody’s son, you know if you’re the last person to see someone’s son, you try your damndest to help don’t you? She must be a grandma.

“If your son was here what would you do? If he was at the top of that rock you’d climb it.”

‘Quite disappointed’ – Jay’s father on ‘large-scale’ search

Monday 8 July 2024 08:46 , Alex Ross

On June 29, a search was organised on the island after Guardia Civil officers put out a plea for help to find Jay Slater – but just six people turned up.

The MailOnline has been speaking to Jay’s father, Warren, who was out searching the area the 19-year-old was last seen on Saturday.

Speaking about the lack of people turning up for the earlier search, he told the outlet: “I was quite disappointed last Saturday when they did the search, they said the whole island was going to turn out.

“Let all the big boys do it, the police told me the big, big search was Saturday. We got down in that valley at 2pm and there wasn’t a soul.

“They might have been there I don’t know, they might have been there before me. But I was quite disappointed because I expected every fire engine, ambulance, looky looky man and every prostitute to be looking for him.”

Jay Slater’s mother shares GoFundMe update

Monday 8 July 2024 07:00 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater’s mother, Debbie Duncan, said they have been “overwhelmed” by the support as she issued an update on the family’s GoFundMe.

She said local volunteer groups had offered to continue searching and that they are also in contact with “experienced groups” who have offered assistance.

Over £51,000 has been donated to the fundraiser so far.

We have been contacted by a wonderful group of locals who have volunteered to continue the search,” she said.

“While they don’t wish to accept financial help for their search, we will be supporting them with supplies and are so grateful for their willingness to help. “We also continue to be contacted by experienced groups offering to support our search. We are busy talking to them about what they can do to assist. But in order for us to employ their help, they need to have permission from the Spanish authorities.”

The Guardia Civil told SkyNews that external search groups could come and help “without any problem” but must notify authorities for “good management of information and resources”.

They said they have not yet received a request.

 (PA/ITN)

(PA/ITN)

TikToker searching for Jay Slater who quit because he ‘didn’t feel safe’ in Tenerife ‘didn’t want to fail’

Monday 8 July 2024 06:00 , Athena Stavrou

A TikToker flew back to London following his two-week search of Tenerife for missing Jay Slater because he claimed he no longer felt safe on the party island.

But sick trolls were waiting for Callum Fahim as he touched down in the capital on Thursday after tracking his flight number from his livestreams online.

The keen hiker flew out to the Spanish island to help in the hunt for the 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer from Lancashire who vanished after a night out on holiday, in a case which has gripped the world.

Mr Fahim said the situation had become “horrific” after he received a terrifying cryptic warning on social media, which read: “Be careful people are going to find you at the airport take extra care. He said he would love to get hold of you.”

My Colleague Barney Davis has the full story:

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TikToker searching for Jay Slater quit because he ‘didn’t feel safe’ in Tenerife

Women’s clothes amongst ‘eerie signs of signs of life’ found at ravine near Jay Slater search

Monday 8 July 2024 05:00 , Athena Stavrou

“Eerie signs of life” have been spotted near the ravine near where Jay Slater went missing in Tenerife.

When the apprentice bricklayer went missing on the morning of June 17, a huge search was launched in the remote Rural de Teno national park.

After embarking on an 11-hour hike back to his accommodation, the 19-year-old’s phone last location was recorded near a ravine in the challenging terrain.

On Thursday, Mail+ reporters visited the ravine and found: “Shoelaces tied with twigs to form haunting symbols like something out of a horror film, empty water bottles, and — most strange of all — a set of clean women’s clothes.”

A Spanish police officer looks over the village of Masca, Tenerife, during the search for missing British teenager Jay Slater (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)

A Spanish police officer looks over the village of Masca, Tenerife, during the search for missing British teenager Jay Slater (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)

Debbie Duncan’s full GoFundMe statement

Monday 8 July 2024 04:00 , Athena Stavrou

“Hello everyone, I wanted to give you all an update on our continued efforts to find our Jay.

“We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and support we have received and would like to thank the local hiking group for all of their help planning the routes to find our Jay. We have been contacted by a wonderful group of locals who have volunteered to continue the search. While they don’t wish to accept financial help for their search, we will be supporting them with supplies and are so grateful for their willingness to help.

“We also continue to be contacted by experienced groups offering to support our search. We are busy talking to them about what they can do to assist. But in order for us to employ their help, they need to have permission from the Spanish authorities.

“We will be sure to keep you all updated on our progress and are so grateful for your continued support to bring our boy home. Please keep sharing and supporting our fundraiser however you can.”

Mystery surrounding ‘Jonny Vegas’ character continues

Monday 8 July 2024 02:30 , Athena Stavrou

Mystery has continued to surround the two men staying at the AirBnb that Jay Slater visited before going missing.

Jay returned to the AirBnb in the early hours of the morning on the day he went missing with two men he had met in Tenerife. He left the holiday accommodation at around 7:30am and, after missing a bus back to where he was staying, went missing while embarking on an 11 hour hike.

One of the men staying at the AirBnb has been confirmed as Mr Qassim, who previously told the MailOnline that Jay left the property “alive” and well.

The other man was thought to be an unidentified man with the elusive nickname ‘Jonny Vegas’.

However, a TV-detective investigating Jay Slater’s disappearance has claimed the mysterious ‘Jonny Vegas’ character is Ayub Qassim himself.

Mark Williams-Thomas claims he has spoken to Mr Qassim who reportedly confirmed it was his own nickname.

He told The Mail Online: “We know the two men that took Jay back to their rental apartment were key people to speak to.

“And as a result, I’ve now spoken in some detail to one of these men, Ayub Qassim, who is known as Johnny Vegas.”

The detective – who flew out to Tenerife to conduct his own investigation – also said: “And I’ve also identified the other male who was with him, but I’ve not yet spoken to him”.

Qassim has not commented on the Mail’s report.

Jay Slater’s family ‘not going anywhere’ as they continue search in ‘treacherous gorge’

Monday 8 July 2024 01:00 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater’s family have continued their search for the missing teenager in a ‘treacherous’ gorge as they vow to remain in Tenerife.

Spanish authorities culled their search last Sunday after 13 days of searching for the apprentice bricklayer in the Rural de Teno park.

However, his family and a few volunteers have remained on the island as they continue to scour near the last location Jay’s phone was tracked to.

Jay’s uncle, father and brother were joined by local hiker Juan Garcia on Saturday who said the area was a “labyrinth” and that the operation was “like looking for a needle in a haystack”.

Asked how the family are coping, Jay’s uncle told SkyNews: “It’s just torture.”

TikToker searching for Jay Slater who quit because he ‘didn’t feel safe’ in Tenerife ‘didn’t want to fail’

Sunday 7 July 2024 23:30 , Athena Stavrou

A TikToker flew back to London following his two-week search of Tenerife for missing Jay Slater because he claimed he no longer felt safe on the party island.

But sick trolls were waiting for Callum Fahim as he touched down in the capital on Thursday after tracking his flight number from his livestreams online.

The keen hiker flew out to the Spanish island to help in the hunt for the 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer from Lancashire who vanished after a night out on holiday, in a case which has gripped the world.

Mr Fahim said the situation had become “horrific” after he received a terrifying cryptic warning on social media, which read: “Be careful people are going to find you at the airport take extra care. He said he would love to get hold of you.”

My colleague Barney Davis has the full story:

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TikToker searching for Jay Slater quit because he ‘didn’t feel safe’ in Tenerife

‘A very popular young man with a large circle of friends’

Sunday 7 July 2024 22:00 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater’s mother, Debbie Duncan, revealed more about her son as she issued a statement through British overseas missing persons charity LBT Global this week.

She 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.”

‘We ain’t drug mules’ Jay Slater’s friend hits back at trolls – ICYMI

Sunday 7 July 2024 20:30 , Athena Stavrou

Brad Hargreaves travelled out with Jay Slater to Tenerife to attend the NRG music festival – and has found himself the subject of internet trolls.

In response, he wrote a message on Instagram in which he hit out at the conspiracy theories circulating.

“Thinkin I’m involved in it all is beyond me,” he wrote.

“We’ve been mates for years, came on our first holiday together and unfortunately this has happened.

“We ain’t drug mules or whatever…. people need to know the facts before talking sh** on the internet…”

 (This Morning)

(This Morning)

ICYMI: Lucy Law shares new photo of missing Jay Slater

Sunday 7 July 2024 19:30 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater’s friend, Lucy Law, has shared a new image of the pair as the investigation into the teenager’s disappearance nears the three-week mark.

Lucy is thought to be the last person to have spoken to Jay, shared an image of them both to her Instagram with a tearful emoji and heart.

The Lancashire apprentice bricklayer called Lucy at around 8:50am when he told her he was lost in the Rural de Teno park, needed a drink of water and his phone was on one per cent battery.

 (Instagram)

(Instagram)

Jay Slater’s disappearance has exposed the horrifying cruelty of social media

Sunday 7 July 2024 18:30 , Athena Stavrou

Trolls mocking missing Jay Slater, Baby Reindeer’s real-life Martha tracked down and hounded online, armchair sleuths endlessly theorising about Nicola Bulley’s disappearance – Helen Coffey asks, when did we collectively lose our empathy?

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Jay Slater’s disappearance has exposed the horrifying cruelty of social media

Jay knew men whose AirBnb he went back to ‘through friends’

Sunday 7 July 2024 17:30 , Athena Stavrou

The man whose AirBnb Jay Slater visited before disappearing said they knew each other through friends.

Ayub Qassim is believed to be one of two men who invited Jay Slater back to their holiday accommodation in Masca in the early hours of Monday morning.

Jay left the Airbnb at around 8am but having missed the bus back down to his own accommodation in Playa de Las Americas, he attempted an 11 hour journey through the remote and challenging terrain of Rural de Teno park.

Mr Qassim said Jay left the house “alive” and said he knew Jay “through friends”.

“I know Jay, through friends, I’m not going to bring someone back to mine if I don’t know them,” he told the MailOnline. “I don’t know if he had beef elsewhere because I don’t know him that well, I only know him through friends.”

He added: “He’s a cool guy, Jay. He ain’t got a problem with me, I haven’t got a problem with him or his mates. We just all talk to each other and everything was sweet.”

The Airbnb Casa Abuela Tina in Masca, Tenerife, where missing British teenager Jay Slater resided prior to his disappearance (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)

The Airbnb Casa Abuela Tina in Masca, Tenerife, where missing British teenager Jay Slater resided prior to his disappearance (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)

‘Sunglasses could be vital clue in hunt for Jay Slater’

Sunday 7 July 2024 16:30 , Athena Stavrou

Journalist Nick Pisa said he had spoken to a man who had “found a pair of sunglasses” on the gorge, and had handed them in to the police.

Pisa explained to GB News: “I’ve now spoken to an ex-British Army officer who found some sunglasses up there. He was asked not to put them in a plastic bag because of humidity, but to wrap them up in tissue paper, which he did.

“He handed them in and he had to give DNA and his fingerprints. The question is, are they connected to Jay?”

‘It’s just a riddle and I don’t know the answer’

Sunday 7 July 2024 15:30 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater’s father has spoken about the complexities in the search for his son as he continues to scour the Rural de Teno park.

Warren Slater joined a team of ten volunteers to continue the search near the village of Masca on Saturday.

While authorities have culled the search for Jay Slater, their investigation has continued.

Mr Slater told The Mirror: “Tell me where I look, I can only go off the last sighting, the woman in that restaurant saw him going the wrong way. Which human being lets a young boy go the wrong way? Everything stinks. It’s just a riddle and I don’t know the answer.”

 (Sky News)

(Sky News)

‘We don’t need hikers, we need experts’ – Jay Slater’s mother

Sunday 7 July 2024 14:14 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater’s mother was asked about the efforts of TikToker and keen hiker, Callum Fahim, who has been out searching on the island for any trace of the 19-year-old.

He attracted international attention when Mr Slater’s mother, Debbie Duncan, named him as one of the people she would be giving some money from the GoFundMe donations to.

But speaking to Sky News, Ms Duncan said they wanted to save the funds to pay for specialist search and rescue teams likely to cost thousands of pounds.

She said: “We appreciate every single person who’s come out. He’s a hiker. We don’t need hikers, we need experts.”

Jay Slater could still be alive surviving off ‘rainwater and plants’, private investigator suggests

Sunday 7 July 2024 13:00 , Athena Stavrou

A private investigator has urged Jay Slater’s family “not to give up hope” as he suggests he could still be alive drinking “rainwater” and eating “plants”.

Juan García, an army reservist and private investigator, says he has been in touch with Jay Slater’s family and told The Times: “Two weeks is too premature to end the search.

“[Slater] could be alive somewhere — someone can drink from rainwater and eat plants. The family should not give up hope.”

A Spanish police officer looks over the village of Masca, Tenerife, during the search for missing British teenager Jay Slater (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)

A Spanish police officer looks over the village of Masca, Tenerife, during the search for missing British teenager Jay Slater (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)

Mystery surrounding ‘Jonny Vegas’ character continues

Sunday 7 July 2024 12:19 , Athena Stavrou

Mystery has continued to surround the two men staying at the AirBnb that Jay Slater visited before going missing.

Jay returned to the AirBnb in the early hours of the morning on the day he went missing with two men he had met in Tenerife. He left the holiday accommodation at around 7:30am and, after missing a bus back to where he was staying, went missing while embarking on an 11 hour hike.

One of the men staying at the AirBnb has been confirmed as Mr Qassim, who previously told the MailOnline that Jay left the property “alive” and well.

The other man was thought to be an unidentified man with the elusive nickname ‘Jonny Vegas’.

However, a TV-detective investigating Jay Slater’s disappearance has claimed the mysterious ‘Jonny Vegas’ character is Ayub Qassim himself.

Mark Williams-Thomas claims he has spoken to Mr Qassim who reportedly confirmed it was his own nickname.

He told The Mail Online: “We know the two men that took Jay back to their rental apartment were key people to speak to.

“And as a result, I’ve now spoken in some detail to one of these men, Ayub Qassim, who is known as Johnny Vegas.”

The detective – who flew out to Tenerife to conduct his own investigation – also said: “And I’ve also identified the other male who was with him, but I’ve not yet spoken to him”.

Qassim has not commented on the Mail’s report.

Debbie Duncan’s full GoFundMe statement

Sunday 7 July 2024 12:15 , Athena Stavrou

“Hello everyone, I wanted to give you all an update on our continued efforts to find our Jay.“We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and support we have received and would like to thank the local hiking group for all of their help planning the routes to find our Jay. We have been contacted by a wonderful group of locals who have volunteered to continue the search. While they don’t wish to accept financial help for their search, we will be supporting them with supplies and are so grateful for their willingness to help.“We also continue to be contacted by experienced groups offering to support our search. We are busy talking to them about what they can do to assist. But in order for us to employ their help, they need to have permission from the Spanish authorities.“We will be sure to keep you all updated on our progress and are so grateful for your continued support to bring our boy home. Please keep sharing and supporting our fundraiser however you can.”

Jay’s family describe ‘treacherous’ terrain search is now focused on

Sunday 7 July 2024 11:30 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater’s family have described the incredibly challenging terrain in which they have resumed the search for the missing 19-year-old in Tenerife.

Jay’s father, brother and uncle were joined by a small group of volunteers on Saturday as they searched a ‘treacherous’ gorge for the apprentice bricklayer.

His uncle, Glen Duncan, described moments where he himself was “just trying to find my own way out to safety,” rather than looking for Jay.

He told the Manchester Evening News: “It’s so easy to get lost down there. There was a group of us and you can’t see anybody. It got to a point where I wasn’t even looking for my nephew, I was just trying to find my own way out to safety.”

Jay Slater’s mother provides GoFundMe update

Sunday 7 July 2024 10:58 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater’s mother, Debbie Duncan, said they have been “overwhelmed” by the support as she issued an update on the family’s GoFundMe.

She said local volunteer groups had offered to continue searching and that they are also in contact with “experienced groups” who have offered assistance.

Over £51,000 has been donated to the fundraiser so far.

We have been contacted by a wonderful group of locals who have volunteered to continue the search,” she said.

“While they don’t wish to accept financial help for their search, we will be supporting them with supplies and are so grateful for their willingness to help.“We also continue to be contacted by experienced groups offering to support our search. We are busy talking to them about what they can do to assist. But in order for us to employ their help, they need to have permission from the Spanish authorities.”

The Guardia Civil told SkyNews that external search groups could come and help “without any problem” but must notify authorities for “good management of information and resources”.

They said they have not yet received a request.

 (PA/ITN)

(PA/ITN)

Phone could have been ‘thrown’ into bushes – report

Sunday 7 July 2024 10:23 , Athena Stavrou

A journalist covering the Jay Slater search in Tenerife has said police are considering the possibility his phone was “thrown” into undergrowth.

Although the official search for the 19-year-old was culled by authorities a week ago, his family and a small group of volunteers have continued to scour the area his phone last ‘pinged’ to.

Journalist Nick Pisa said that a former army officer told him that the last known location was “rather surprising because it was really steep to get to, and it was covered in undergrowth and cacti.”

He told GB News: “He said to get there you’d have to need a machete. Or he suggested, someone had thrown the phone into that growth.”

A Spanish police officer looks over the village of Masca, Tenerife, during the search for missing British teenager Jay Slater (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)

A Spanish police officer looks over the village of Masca, Tenerife, during the search for missing British teenager Jay Slater (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)

Jay Slater’s family ‘not going anywhere’ as they continue search in ‘treacherous gorge’

Sunday 7 July 2024 08:26 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater’s family have continued their search for the missing teenager in a ‘treacherous’ gorge as they vow to remain in Tenerife.

Spanish authorities culled their search last Sunday after 13 days of searching for the apprentice bricklayer in the Rural de Teno park.

However, his family and a few volunteers have remained on the island as they continue to scour near the last location Jay’s phone was tracked to.

Jay’s uncle, father and brother were joined by local hiker Juan Garcia on Saturday who said the area was a “labyrinth” and that the operation was “like looking for a needle in a haystack”.

Asked how the family are coping, Jay’s uncle told SkyNews: “It’s just torture.”

TikToker lived off Doritos while scouring the mountains of Tenerife searching for missing Jay Slater

Sunday 7 July 2024 07:30 , Athena Stavrou

A TikToker flew back to London following his two-week search of Tenerife for missing Jay Slater because he claimed he no longer felt safe on the party island.

But sick trolls were waiting for Callum Fahim as he touched down in the capital on Thursday after tracking his flight number from his livestreams online.

The keen hiker flew out to the Spanish island to help in the hunt for the 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer from Lancashire who vanished after a night out on holiday, in a case which has gripped the world.

Mr Fahim said the situation had become “horrific” after he received a terrifying cryptic warning on social media, which read: “Be careful people are going to find you at the airport take extra care. He said he would love to get hold of you.”

My colleague Barney Davis has the full story:

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TikToker lived off Doritos while scouring Tenerife searching for missing Jay Slater

Lucy Law shares new photo of missing Jay Slater

Sunday 7 July 2024 06:30 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater’s friend, Lucy Law, has shared a new image of the pair as the investigation into the teenager’s disappearance nears the three-week mark.

Lucy is thought to be the last person to have spoken to Jay, shared an image of them both to her Instagram with a tearful emoji and heart.

The Lancashire apprentice bricklayer called Lucy at around 8:50am when he told her he was lost in the Rural de Teno park, needed a drink of water and his phone was on one per cent battery.

 (Instagram)

(Instagram)

‘We ain’t drug mules’ Jay Slater’s friend hits back at trolls

Sunday 7 July 2024 05:00 , Athena Stavrou

Brad Hargreaves travelled out with Jay Slater to Tenerife to attend the NRG music festival – and has found himself the subject of internet trolls.

In response, he wrote a message on Instagram in which he hit out at the conspiracy theories circulating.

“Thinkin I’m involved in it all is beyond me,” he wrote.

“We’ve been mates for years, came on our first holiday together and unfortunately this has happened.

“We ain’t drug mules or whatever…. people need to know the facts before talking sh** on the internet…”

 (This Morning)

(This Morning)

Missing Persons Tenerife group swells as Jay Slater search captures national zeitgeist

Sunday 7 July 2024 12:35 , Athena Stavrou

The Missing Persons Tenerife Facebook Group has swollen from 340 members to almost 8,000 in a fortnight.

Most, but not all of those joining are British nationals, some of whom are worried about their safety in visiting Tenerife, as well as those having an interest in the Jay Slater case.

Its admin Deborah Clarke-Topper said the spike meant other historical missing persons cases are gaining attention.

She told The Independent: “It is clear that the coverage of the case is building a perception that Tenerife is not a safe destination, and that the police do not act as favourably toward Britons on holiday as they would their own citizens.

“However, I am sure that the Spanish police are extremely earnest in their investigation and reaching a conclusion to it is what they want, regardless of the nationality of the missing person. As long as the case remains unresoved there will be negative perception on the safety of holiday makers.”

Jay Slater could still be alive surviving off ‘rainwater and plants’, private investigator suggests

Sunday 7 July 2024 03:30 , Athena Stavrou

A private investigator has urged Jay Slater’s family “not to give up hope” as he suggests he could still be alive drinking “rainwater” and eating “plants”.

Juan García, an army reservist and private investigator, says he has been in touch with Jay Slater’s family and told The Times: “Two weeks is too premature to end the search.

“[Slater] could be alive somewhere — someone can drink from rainwater and eat plants. The family should not give up hope.”

Firefighters search near to the village of Masca, Tenerife (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)

Firefighters search near to the village of Masca, Tenerife (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)

Jay Slater’s family allowed to use own search teams – reports

Sunday 7 July 2024 02:00 , Athena Stavrou

Spanish authorities have reportedly given Jay Slater’s family permission to use their own search teams as the investigation into his disappearance nears the three-week mark.

Police called off the search for Mr Slater last Sunday having spent 13 days searching for the 19-year-old.

The investigation remains open and Jay’s family have vowed to stay on the island to continue the search. They have raised over £50,000 through a GoFundMe and have said they want to use the money to pay got specialist search teams.

Now, the Guardia Civil have told Sky News that search teams can come and help “without any problem” but must notify authorities for “good management of information and resources”.

They said they have not yet received a request.

Everything we know about Jay Slater missing in Tenerife

Sunday 7 July 2024 00:30 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, was last heard from on Monday, 17 June, as he told a friend he planned to walk back to his accommodation after missing a bus, a journey expected to take around 11 hours on foot.

He had travelled to the tourist hotspot with friends to attend the music festival in Playa de Las Americas in what was his first holiday without his family.

Here we look at everything we know about the case:

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Jay Slater: Everything we know about the Briton missing in Tenerife

‘We don’t need hikers, we need experts’ – Jay Slater’s mother

Saturday 6 July 2024 22:00 , Athena Stavrou

Jay Slater’s mother was asked about the efforts of TikToker and keen hiker, Callum Fahim, who has been out searching on the island for any trace of the 19-year-old.

He attracted international attention when Mr Slater’s mother, Debbie Duncan, named him as one of the people she would be giving some money from the GoFundMe donations to.

But speaking to Sky News, Ms Duncan said they wanted to save the funds to pay for specialist search and rescue teams likely to cost thousands of pounds.

She said: “We appreciate every single person who’s come out. He’s a hiker. We don’t need hikers, we need experts.”

‘I’ve been living off BBQ Doritos and Appletisers’

Saturday 6 July 2024 21:00 , Athena Stavrou

With some still searching for Jay Slater in Tenerife, we spoke to TikToker and hiker Callum Fahim, who has been on his own personal search for the past two weeks.

“The most sleep I’ve had is about two hours because I have to plan all the routes overnight,” he said.

“I haven’t been able to eat properly; I’ve been living off BBQ Doritos and Appletisers.

Read Barney Davis’ interview here:

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TikToker lived off Doritos while scouring Tenerife searching for missing Jay Slater

The vanished of Tenerife: Other people who disappeared on the island where Jay Slater went missing

Saturday 6 July 2024 20:00 , Athena Stavrou

Tourists looking for an easygoing, fun holiday in the sun have headed to the island of Tenerife for decades.

From the party vibes of the neon-lit strip of Playa De Las Americas to the spiritual hikes across cacti-infested ravines in the heat, there is something for everyone.

But with its rocky cliff faces and harsh terrain, the island also has a dangerous side with completely inaccessible areas.

My colleague Barney Davis has the full story:

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Tenerife’s missing: Other people who vanished on island where Jay Slater disappeared

Missing Persons Tenerife group swells as Jay Slater search captures national zeitgeist

Saturday 6 July 2024 19:00 , Athena Stavrou

The Missing Persons Tenerife Facebook Group has swollen from 340 members to almost 8,000 in a fortnight.

Most, but not all of those joining are British nationals, some of whom are worried about their safety in visiting Tenerife, as well as those having an interest in the Jay Slater case.

Its admin Deborah Clarke-Topper said the spike meant other historical missing persons cases are gaining attention.

She told The Independent: “It is clear that the coverage of the case is building a perception that Tenerife is not a safe destination, and that the police do not act as favourably toward Britons on holiday as they would their own citizens.

“However, I am sure that the Spanish police are extremely earnest in their investigation and reaching a conclusion to it is what they want, regardless of the nationality of the missing person. As long as the case remains unresoved there will be negative perception on the safety of holiday makers.”

TikToker searching for Jay Slater who quit because he ‘didn’t feel safe’ in Tenerife ‘didn’t want to fail’

Saturday 6 July 2024 18:00 , Athena Stavrou

A TikToker flew back to London following his two-week search of Tenerife for missing Jay Slater because he claimed he no longer felt safe on the party island.

But sick trolls were waiting for Callum Fahim as he touched down in the capital on Thursday after tracking his flight number from his livestreams online.

The keen hiker flew out to the Spanish island to help in the hunt for the 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer from Lancashire who vanished after a night out on holiday, in a case which has gripped the world.

Mr Fahim said the situation had become “horrific” after he received a terrifying cryptic warning on social media, which read: “Be careful people are going to find you at the airport take extra care. He said he would love to get hold of you.”

My colleague Barney Davis has the full story:

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TikToker searching for Jay Slater quit because he ‘didn’t feel safe’ in Tenerife



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