Foreign Office issues statement as search for Lancashire teen missing in Tenerife continues

Authorities are growing increasingly concerned.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 18th June 2024

The UK Foreign Office has issued a statement as the search for Lancashire-born teen Jay Slater continues.

The 19-year-old from Oswaldtwistle went missing after a night out in Tenerife last week and was last heard from around 8am on Monday morning.

Slater had attended the NRG music festival over the weekend and his last known location is said to have been near the Rural de Teno Park in the northwest of the island, according to a location pin sent to his friend Lucy, informing her that he was lost in the middle of the mountains with no clear landmarks.

A spokesperson for the government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has now issued an update, stating that they are “providing consular support to the family of a British man who has been reported missing in Spain and are in contact with the local authorities.”

Speaking to local outlet The Lancashire Telegraph, Lucy said “I have never been so worried in my life”, adding that it is very out of character for him to wander off on his own.


He told her he had initially tried to catch a bus from the apartment where he had been staying but ultimately had to walk instead. She had spent all day trying to find him and now his mother and brother have flown out to try and help with the search.

The pin location indicating his last known whereabouts disappeared after his phone battery died; Lucy went on to add that “he might have a cut on his leg as he mentioned he hurt his leg on his cactus”.


Local police also informed her that they intended to send mountain rescue to find the missing Lancashire teen but hadn’t heard any new information from them. Slater is slim with brown hair and blue eyes and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, trainers and a black bag.

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Keeping his loved ones up to date in a Facebook group created to help find him, Jay’s sister-in-law Jessica Rogers said there have sadly been “no updates” as yet.

Another person wrote: “Hoping Jay is found soon, every mother’s worst nightmare.”


Rural de Teno National Park where his location last pinged is popular amongst hikers and fortunately features live 24-hour webcams, which may help in locating him.

Our thoughts go out to all of his friends and family during this difficult time, and we hope he is found safe and sound soon.

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