Jay Slater search in Tenerife called off by police


The search for Jay Slater in an area of Tenerife has been called off, police have said.

The British teenager, from Oswaldtwistle, near Blackburn in Lancashire, has been missing in Tenerife ever since 17 June, when he vanished the morning after attending a rave.

The Civil Guard had called for volunteers to join a “massive search” in the Masca area for Mr Slater on Saturday and have now confirmed it has ended, but they are keeping the investigation open.

Mr Slater had been on holiday with friends on the Spanish island, when he travelled to the northwestern mountain village of Masca, after attending the NRG music festival on the Sunday night.

Jay Slater. Pic: Lucy Law
Jay Slater. Pic: Lucy Law

The following morning, the apprentice bricklayer called a friend he had been on the trip with, at around 8.30am, and said he was going to walk back to their accommodation after missing the bus – a trip that would take 11 hours.

Speaking to his friend, Mr Slater also said he was lost and in need of water, with only 1% charge on his phone.

In the days since then, local police and the civil guard, along with Mr Slater’s family, have been searching for him.

The last person to see Mr Slater was Masca resident Ofelia Medina Hernandez who spoke to the teenager at 8am on Monday 17 June.

Mr Slater's family have shared a blurry image of what they believe could be the missing teenager
Mr Slater’s family have shared a blurry image of what they believe could be the missing teenager

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Ms Hernandez said she told him a bus was due at 10am as he seemingly hoped to get back to his accommodation.

However, he set off walking – and she said she later drove past him as he was “walking fast”.

Since his disappearance, rumours and conspiracy theories have emerged amid online speculation on social media.

Some social media sleuths have even travelled to Tenerife to try and find him.

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