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Spanish police issue massive appeal for volunteers in search for missing teenager Jay Slater

There is now a huge operation to help find him, with over £40k raised in crowdfunding as well.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 28th June 2024
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Spanish police have now issued a massive appeal for volunteers to join the search for British teenager Jay Slater.

The 19-year-old from Oswaldtwistle went missing on Monday last week (17 June) and hasn’t been heard from since around 8am that day after his phone died some 37km away from where he was last seen by friends.

Slater had attended the NRG (New Rave Generation) music festival on the island over the weekend but got separated from his friends and his last location was said to be in the mountainous Rural de Teno park area – a popular hiking trail amongst locals – but authorities haven’t been able to pinpoint him since.

With the youngster missing for nearly 12 days, Spain’s Civil Guard has now been called in to help with the search and police in Tenerife have also urged volunteers to step forward as the search grows increasingly desperate.

A mass operation is now underway to help find Jay Slater and the police chief of the Civil Guard in Tenerfire, Angel Sanz Coronado, said in an official statement that local offers and natives are now on the trail, with specialist search dogs also deployed within the search parties.

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“Given that it is a steep, rocky area, full of uneven terrain and with many ravines, tracks and trails”, said Coronado, “we request the collaboration of all those volunteer associations that can help in this planned search that is intended to be carried out in a directed and coordinated way.”

“This massive search will begin on Saturday, 29 June at 09:00 hours. A meeting point will be established at the Mirador de la Cruz de Hilda in Masca to start the search in a logical and orderly way along the many paths and ravines that are found in Masca.”

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While many have questioned how Slater, an apprentice brick-layer who was on his first trip abroad, ended up so far away from the Veronica’s Strip in the Playa de Las Americas resort and district of Tenerife, the area’s connection to the local drug scene has also added extra cause for concern.

Jay’s friend, Brad, recently spoke to media reporting from the search area in Tenerife and detailed how the Lancashire teen had strayed from the main path and “didn’t seem concerned” when they last spoke. The rescue crew is now sizeable with more family and friends said to be flying over to help.

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Slater’s mum, Debbie Duncan, set up a ‘Get Jay Slater Home’ crowdfunder to help generate additional money to be put towards the search efforts, which has now reached well over £40,000.

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Describing her son’s disappearance as every parent’s “living nightmare”, she said in an update on the fundraising page: “We are currently working with GoFundMe to withdraw part of the funds, which are being safely held. I wanted to share that these funds will be used to support the mountain rescue teams who are tirelessly searching for Jay” and help cover the expenses of those staying in Tenerife.”

Elsewhere, family friend Rachel Hargreaves, mother of best mate Brad, has condemned the growing trend of online trolling surrounding his disappearance, with countless social media users making jokes and some even reportedly messaging pretending to be Jay and messaging her son “I miss you”.

With people making claims about Slater’s background and drumming up various conspiracy theories, she went on to tell the BBC: “The stuff people have been saying about us is just not true. We are not those kinds of people at all.”

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