Published On: Fri, Jul 5th, 2024
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Jay Slater update as ex-Army officer details chilling new theory | World | News

A former officer of the British Army has suggested that Jay Slater’s mobile might have been “thrown” before his disappearance. The 19-year-old from Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire vanished on the Spanish island of Tenerife on June 17th.

He was last spotted departing an Airbnb located close to Masca village, around eight in the morning.

His mobile last signalled its position somewhere within the Parque Rural de Teno nature reserve. Before they abandoned their official search on Sunday, Spanish police had focused their efforts there. His family has continued to search.

A new theory has come to light from a journalist Nick Pisa who is following Jay’s case in Tenerife, after speaking to Spanish authorities and detectives investigating the teen’s disappearance.

Pisa thinks, based on a conversation with an ex-British Army officer, that Jay’s phone might have been thrown into difficult terrain. He claimed that the only way for the GPS location of the mobile to be possible would be “if the phone was thrown”.

Speaking to GB News, he said: “We’re not obviously being kept up to speed, but [the former officer] did tell me that he thought where the ping came from was rather surprising because it was really steep to get to, and it was covered in undergrowth and cacti.”

The former officer added that one would require a machete to get to that location or, he suggested, someone might have flung the phone into that thick vegetation.

Pisa revealed that despite the Civil Guard concluding their official search, expert climbers are continuing the hunt for Jay with the full support of his family. The reporter noted one climber’s dedication: “I must admit, I’ve seen him up there several times, and he seems to be the more serious.”

Lucy Mae Law, a close friend who accompanied Jay to the Canary Islands, was among the last to hear from him at approximately 8am on the day he disappeared. He contacted her to say he was making his way back on foot after missing the bus, expressing that he was thirsty and tired, had sustained a cut from a cactus, and his phone battery was nearly depleted.

In a statement given on July 18, Lucy recounted the events leading up to Jay’s disappearance.

She said: “He’s gone on a night out, he’s gone to a friend’s house, someone that he has met on holiday. One of the people he has met has hired a car out of here, so he’s driven them back to his apartment and Jay has gone there not realising how far away it is. He’s ended up out in the middle of nowhere.”

She continued: “Jay was obviously thinking he would be able to get home from there. But then in the morning he set off walking, using the maps on his phone and ended up in the middle of the mountains with nothing around. He rang me at about 8 o’clock morning saying his phone was on 1 percent. He said ‘I don’t know where I am, I need a drink and my phone is about to die’.”

Lucy pinpointed the Airbnb on the day he disappeared, using clues from Jay’s final Snapchat post. Upon finding the location, she confronted two men at the residence.

She added: “We managed to find the house. I knocked on the door and there were two people there.”

They informed her that Jay had stepped out for a smoke before re-entering and expressing his wish to return home.

“They told me he’d spoken to the next-door neighbours and they’d told him there was a bus every 10 minutes back down to Los Cristianos,” Lucy explained. “The bus stop was right next to the house. So obviously if he’d gone to get the bus he wouldn’t have got lost because it [the stop] was visible from the front door.”

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