POLL: Were Tenerife police wrong to call off Jay Slater search?

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell Jul3,2024

The official search for missing teenager Jay Slater was called off by the Guardia Civil on Sunday 30 June.

The apprentice bricklayer’s mother Debbie Duncan said in a statement that “words cannot describe the pain and agony” the family is experiencing, having failed to find him.

Jay went missing on June 17 having attended the NRG music festival in Tenerife. His last known whereabouts was the Rural de Teno National Park, where police were concentrating their search.

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Helicopters, drones, and search dogs were deployed to find the Lancastrian.

On Friday, the force had appealed for volunteer associations, such as firefighters and individual volunteers who are experts in rugged terrain to assist in a “busqueda masiva” – massive search – on Saturday.

The search in the village of Masca, near his last-known location, took in a steep rocky area, including ravines, trails and paths

Mr Slater had attended the music festival with two friends before his disappearance, and his last known location was the Rural de Teno Park in the north of the island – which was about an 11-hour walk from his accommodation.

On Friday, Mr Slater’s friend Brad Hargreaves told ITV’s This Morning he had been on a video call with him before his disappearance when he heard him go off the road.

He said: “He 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.”

He confirmed he could see his friend’s feet “sliding” down the hill and could hear he was walking on gravel.

But Mr Hargreaves said he and his friend were both laughing at that point.

He added: “He didn’t seem concerned on the phone until we knew how far away he was.”

The last person to speak to Mr Slater was his friend Lucy Law.

She said Mr Slater told her in a frantic phone call before he went missing that he was “lost in the mountains, he wasn’t aware of his surroundings, he desperately needed a drink and his phone was on 1%”.

A GoFundMe appeal Get Jay Slater Home was set up by Ms Law and had raised more than £43,000 as the police search came to an end.

Tyler Mitchell

By Tyler Mitchell

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