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Jay Slater’s mother issues appeal as search continues

The mother of missing teenager Jay Slater has said she is exhausted but “can’t give up on him” as she pleaded for him to come home.

Debbie Duncan said she hadn’t slept since her 19-year-old son, from Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire, went missing on the Spanish island of Tenerife on Monday.

Issuing a direct appeal to her son, she sad: “We just need you home – we just need him home.”

“The last few days have been awful,” she said, but vowed to stay on the island until he was found.

In an interview with the Press Association news agency, Ms Duncan said: “I’m not coping very well at all. I’ve not slept, I’m exhausted. It’s been awful. I can’t give up on him, I just can’t.”

Search and rescue teams near to the village of Masca, Tenerife, where the search for missing British teenager Jay Slater, 19, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, continues.?Picture date: Saturday June 22, 2024. PA Photo. Mr Slater was last heard from on Monday morning whilst attempting to walk back to his accommodation when he missed a bus, after staying with people he met at the NRG music festival in Tenerife, Spain's Canary Islands. See PA story POLICE Tenerife. Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire
Search and rescue teams near to the village of Masca, Tenerife, where the hunt for missing British teenager Jay Slater continues. (Photo: James Manning/PA)

Her comments came as Mr Slater’s father Warren Slater and his 24-year-old son Zak made their way to the remote mountain spot where Jay’s mobile was last tracked and the house where he was last known to have visited.

A tearful Mr Slater (senior) told reporters “I just want the boy back,” as he was hugged by his elder son.

They were joined in the area by other family members and friends.

Spanish authorities have targeted their search on the village Masca and the surrounding areas in the Rural de Teno national park, a mountainous area in the north-west of Tenerife.

Mountain rescue teams and civil protection units, using sniffer dogs and drones, have been scouring the hillsides for the apprentice bricklayer.

Firefighters search near to the village of Masca, Tenerife, where the search for missing British teenager Jay Slater, 19, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, continues.?Picture date: Saturday June 22, 2024. PA Photo. Mr Slater was last heard from on Monday morning whilst attempting to walk back to his accommodation when he missed a bus, after staying with people he met at the NRG music festival in Tenerife, Spain's Canary Islands. See PA story POLICE Tenerife. Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire
Firefighters search near to the village of Masca, Tenerife for 19-year-old Jay Slater, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire. (Photo: James manning/PA)

However, an offer of extra help from Lancashire Police was turned down.

The UK force said in a statement on Friday: “We have made an offer of support to the Guardia Civil to see if they need any additional resources. They have confirmed that at this time they are satisfied that they have the resources they need, but that offer remains open and they will contact us should that position change.”

Ms Duncan said: “I believe they said they’ve got enough resources and they don’t need the help from English police. I don’t know if they find it an insult – I really don’t know.”

Mr Slater went missing on Monday morning after attending the NRG music festival at Papagayo Beach Club in the south of the island with friends on Sunday night.

He is believed to have left there with two men and was driven to an Air BnB accommodation 19 miles north in the mountainous region near Masca.

He then sent Snapchat messages when he arrived at the property and called his friend Lucy Mae Law at 8.30am on Monday saying he had missed a bus and was trying to walk back to his holiday accommodation but his phone was running out of battery.

Ofelia Medina Hernandez, who owns a villa the teenager visited on the morning he went missing, confirmed the last sighting of him by a bus stop.

The 66-year-old cafe owner told several British news outlets that she met the teenager at the bus stop outside her property.

She said he wanted to get back to Los Cristianos, where he was staying with friends.

His last known location from his mobile phone was near the village of Masca at 8.50am.

Ms Law has set up a GoFundMe page, which has raised more than £29,000, to help fund a search for him.

The case has sparked huge interest online with Mr Slater’s family complaining of being inundated by conspiracy theorists “hacking” into his social media accounts including his Instagram page.

Rachel Harg posted a message on behalf of Mr Slater’s family adding: “I can’t believe some people are actually this sick in the head.”

Charlie Hedges, an expert on missing persons cases, told i on Saturday: “We get a lot of armchair detectives, people who think they know best.

“It’s fine to be supportive of what’s going on – but don’t speculate when you’re not in possession of the facts.”

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