Detective explains why Jay Slater’s mum missed press conference

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell Jun27,2024

Missing Jay Slater’s desperate mother Debbie and other relatives skipped yesterday’s press conference because it was not officially sanctioned by the Spanish police, a private investigator who is assisting the family has explained.

The 19-year-old’s whereabouts remain unknown, ten days after he disappeared while on holiday with friends in Tenerife.

Debbie, whose surname is Duncan flew to the island after he vanished, since when she has issued a series of heartfelt pleas in the hope of tracing his whereabouts.

The teenager, from Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire, had been to a rave in the popular Playa de la Americas area on Sunday night before travelling with two men he had met to an Airbnb in Masca, in north-western Tenerife.

Police are now focusing their attempts on the location where Jay’s mobile phone last pinged, and are searching a ravine in a remote mountainous region.

A press conference yesterday aimed to focus attention on the mystery – although Jay’s relatives were conspicuous by their absence.

Mark Alan Williams-Thomas, who as well as being a PI is a former police officer and an investigative journalist, issued an appeal for two men in question to come forward, suggesting they may have “crucial information”.

Asked about the family’s absence, he said: “They appreciate the press are a really important aspect of the story but they are reluctant to speak because they really want to work with Spanish police, and Spanish authorities and they have not sanctioned this. We have to respect that.

“Since I have been here and worked with the family, I have spent yesterday with them and the night before and they are very, very united family and they are very supportive and their one mission of course is to find out what happened to Jay.

“They still live with the hope that Jay will return and he is, not safe, but still alive.”

Speaking to MailOnline earlier this week, Ms Duncan spoke of her ongoing anguish.

She explained: “It’s been a week now and it’s been awful. I’ve barely slept and I’m at my wits’ end. The Spanish police are doing a good job and we are getting updated from the consulate so we just put our faith in them.

“I know people in the UK have come forward as well who were at the festival and they are giving details of what they know but I’m not being told about that. Jay’s very good friends from home have also been over and have put up posters. They are good kids and like me just want him home.”

Ms Duncan has also hit back at internet trolls who have voiced scepticism about an online fundraiser entitled Get Jay Slater Home, which has raised more than £35,000.

Writing on Facebook, she said: “I really am saddened by all your comments. You seem to be so bothered about this GoFundMe page.

“I really hope I am not taking my son home in a body bag. The funds are not released and won’t be if not needed. I really cannot believe the British public are not supporting me in trying to find Jay. This may happen to any of you one day. Very let down by you all.”

Some have even compared her to  Karen Matthews, who hatched a twisted plot to have young daughter Shannon Matthews kidnapped for ransom in 2008.

Tyler Mitchell

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