Jay Slater's mum tells of ‘agony' as searches fail to find son

In a heartrending plea, Debbie Duncan, the mother of missing teenager Jay Slater, expressed her intense anguish as extensive searches in Tenerife, Spain, have yet to locate her son. The 19-year-old Jay, a resident of Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, has been unaccounted for since June 17 after informing a friend that he had become lost in the mountains.

Speaking through the British overseas missing persons charity LBT Global, Ms. Duncan articulated the profound devastation that the family is experiencing. “We are a very close family, and words cannot express the pain and agony we are enduring. Jay is our beautiful boy with a bright future ahead, and we are eagerly hoping to find him,” she shared.

Before his disappearance, Jay traveled to Tenerife on June 13 to attend the NRG music festival with two friends. This was the young apprentice bricklayer’s first overseas holiday without his parents. After parting ways at an Airbnb with new friends met at the event, he disappeared while walking back to his accommodation.

In the days that followed, extensive search efforts were implemented, with helicopters, drones, and search dogs deployed in the region. The last known location of Jay Slater was the Rural de Teno Park in the northern part of Tenerife, which was about an 11-hour walk from his accommodation. Despite these attempts, the teen has not been found.

Expressing gratitude to the Spanish authorities for their tireless efforts, Ms. Duncan confirmed that the police carried out an exhaustive 12-day land search, exhausting all their available resources in the pursuit of Jay. Although the physical search has ceased, the investigations by the Spanish police remain ongoing in an attempt to discern the motives behind Jay’s unusual trip to the remote location.

As search efforts continue, volunteer associations and experts in rugged terrain were being recruited for a “busqueda masiva” or “massive search,” as appealed by the Guardia Civil on Friday. The focus of the search was to be on the village of Masca, close to his last-known location. While the men who had rented the Airbnb in Masca were initially seen as possible suspects, they have since been determined to be “not relevant” to the case, according to recent reports. The family continues to await further developments in the ongoing search for Jay Slater.

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