What we know about Jay Slater search as human remains found in Tenerife

Rescuers in Tenerife searching for Jay Slater say they have found human remains in the area where the British teenager went missing.

Jay Slater, 19, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, is missing in Tenerife and last spoke to his friends on Monday. (Reach)
Jay Slater, 19, from Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire, has been missing in Tenerife since 17 June. (Reach)

Rescuers in Tenerife searching for Jay Slater say they have found human remains in the area where the British teenager went missing last month.

Slater, 19, was reported missing on 17 June, after he failed to return to the apartment he was sharing with friends on the Spanish island.

The identity of the human remains is yet to be confirmed.

Slater, a 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, travelled to Tenerife with friends – Lucy Law and another named Brad – to attend the NRG Tenerife Weekender music festival.

It was Slater’s first holiday abroad without his parents. The festival, which bills itself as “three days of madness featuring pool parties, boat parties, outdoor raves, nightclub takeovers and much more”, ran from 14 to 16 June.

Relatives of missing British youth speak to police officers during the search in Masca ravine, on the island of Tenerife. Spain, June 19, 2024. REUTERS/Borja Suarez
Volunteers speak to police officers during the search for Jay Slater in Masca ravine on Tenerife. (Reuters)

Law said Slater decided to stay out after the final night of the festival with two other people he had met there, while she and Brad returned to their accommodation. She said Slater "ended up out in the middle of nowhere".

His last known location was near the mountain village of Masca, an 11-hour walk away from where she and Brad were staying. Law suggested Slater hadn't realised how far away it was and had missed a bus. "He's set off walking, using his maps on his phone and ended up in the middle of mountains with nothing around."

Law said her friend told her in a frantic phone call on 17 June at 8.30am that he was “lost in the mountains, he wasn’t aware of his surroundings, he desperately needed a drink and his phone was on 1%”. His phone then went flat.

Jay Slater, 19, had attended the NRG Tenerife Weekender music festival. (Reach)
Jay Slater, 19, had attended the NRG Tenerife Weekender music festival. (Reach)

Slater was last seen wearing a white T-shirt with shorts and trainers. He was also believed to be carrying a black bag.

A Civil Guard [Spanish police] spokesperson said he was reported missing at 9.04am that same morning.

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It has also emerged Slater shared a Snapchat an hour before he went missing, which showed him holding a cigarette at the accommodation he had visited with the two men at approximately 7.30am.

The property has been named as Casa Abuela Tina, a holiday home annexed to a bar and restaurant on the edge of Masca. It is understood to have been rented by two British men who are believed to have checked out on Wednesday, 19 June before flying back to the UK.

One of those men, Ayub Qassim, was questioned by Spanish police after Slater disappeared but was allowed to return to Britain, according to Mark Williams-Thomas, a former police detective and investigative journalist who is helping with the search. Slater is said to have left the Airbnb at around 8am.

The property Slater is believe to have gone to has been named as Casa Abuela Tina - a holiday rental. (Booking.com)
The property Jay Slater is believed to have gone to has been named as Casa Abuela Tina - a holiday rental. (Booking.com)
Casa Abuela Tina is annexed to a bar and restaurant on the edge of the village of Masca. (Booking.com)
Casa Abuela Tina is annexed to a bar and restaurant on the edge of the village of Masca. (Booking.com)

A local woman named "Araceli", who works in the business adjoining the rental property, was quoted as saying Slater had been seen "walking on his own" before disappearing. She said: "I never saw the missing boy, but I know people saw him walking on his own. I saw the two British men who stayed here.

"They came in for cafe con leche a couple of times. One was aged about 40. The other one was slightly younger."

Search teams in Tenerife narrowed their efforts the weekend after Slater's disappearance to small buildings close to where his phone last pinged.

Officers could be seen circling two structures at the bottom of a ravine in Rural de Teno Park. Efforts appeared to be solely focused on one area after days of searches in the village of Masca and the surrounding landscape.

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Police officers and firefighters talk during the search for a young British man in the Masca ravine, on the island of Tenerife. Spain, June 19, 2024. REUTERS/Borja Suarez
Police officers and firefighters talk during the search for Jay Slater in Tenerife. (Reuters)

The Foreign Office has said it is supporting Slater's family and is in contact with the authorities on the island. Slater's mother arrived in Tenerife on 18 June and has since been joined by other family members.

On Monday, 15 July, authorities said the Civil Guard's mountain rescue group had found "lifeless body of a young man in the Masca area after 29 days of constant search", according to Sky News.

Police said "evidence strongly suggests" the remains belonged to Slater, although this is yet to be confirmed.

"The first investigations reveal he could have suffered an accident fall in the inaccessible area where he was found. We are awaiting the results of the autopsy," they added.

In a statement, overseas missing persons charity LBT Global said: It is understood the body was found close to the site of his mobile phone’s last location.

"Although formal identification is yet to be carried out, the body was found with Mr Slater’s possessions and clothes. A post-mortem examination and forensic enquiries will follow."

A grainy CCTV image circulated on 24 June claimed to show Slater walking past a church in the village of Santiago del Teide at about 6pm on the day he went missing.

This would make it about nine hours after his last contact with Law. Santiago del Teide is a 90-minute walk away from Masca.

However, we don't know the source of the CCTV image, or when or where it was captured. It was first posted on the Jay Slater Missing Facebook group and was subsequently published by various media outlets.

A grainy CCTV image reportedly taken from a village in Tenerife. (Reach)
A grainy CCTV image reportedly taken from a village in Tenerife. (Reach)

The Manchester Evening News reported the image was shared by Slater's family and friends in Tenerife, who believe it "matches Jay's appearance".

But there was no comment on the record from Slater's family bout the image, nor did Spanish police confirm if it is part of the investigation.

It was also reported in June that Spanish police were investigating Slater's background, to establish whether it's relevant to his disappearance.

According to the Daily Mail, police are aware of a previous conviction from 2023 when Slater was given a community sentence for violent disorder, for his involvement in an attack on a then-17-year-old with a machete. Spanish police have not confirmed to Yahoo News UK whether his disappearance is linked to this offence.

Ultimately, we don’t know what happened to Slater in the hours after his phone battery went flat, or the physical condition he was in.

We only know one of the people Slater had stayed with that morning. Law told the Manchester Evening News she had spoken to these people but didn’t give any further information about them.

She said they had told her Slater had left their apartment at about 8am on the day he went missing to “catch a bus”.

Read more: Jay Slater missing: Dark side of Tenerife from scams and drugs to eerie text to mum (Daily Record)

An appeal poster for Jay Slater as the search to find him continues. (PA)
An appeal poster for Jay Slater as the search to find him continues. (PA)

It is also not known what condition the teenager was in when he went missing. Slater's mother was quoted by Mail Online as saying: "He'd been at a three-day festival so he would have consumed a fair bit of alcohol but Jay was Snapchatting with friends before he went missing and seemed very compos mentis."

While the Spanish Guardia Civil announced on 15 July that human remains had been located close to where Slater went missing, we do not know yet if they are of the missing teenager.