Jay Slater’s friend Lucy Law shares emotional new photo of missing teen

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A heartbroken friend of missing teen Jay Slater has released a touching picture of the pair together. The 19-year-old lad from Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire disappeared on June 17 while on holiday in Tenerife. Lucy Law, who is a core figure in the search for Jay, mentioned that she had a phone conversation with him where he expressed his intentions to walk back from a north Tenerife AirBnB to their accommodation in the south, an 11-hour walk away.

Lucy took to Instagram to share an emotive snapshot featuring herself and Jay, accompanied by a blue heart and teary-eyed emoji. Jay was last known to have contacted Lucy, reporting he was “lost in the middle of nowhere”.

His last location before vanishing was the Rural de Teno Park, situated in the Canary Island’s northern regions. He went missing after going to the NRG music festival with friends.

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Earlier accounts revealed Jay had spent the night at an Airbnb with two British men who had also attended the festival. Lucy stated that Jay planned an extensive trek from the Airbnb back to his accommodation when he failed to catch a bus, a journey totalling roughly 11 hours by foot, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Adding to the urgency, Lucy reported that Jay’s phone battery was at a mere one per cent. Previously, Lucy described the circumstances as ‘weird’, saying: “There’s something weird going on. It is suspicious. In two days you’re telling me someone’s not seen him. There’s a restaurant 10 minutes away that he would have seen or walked past. It’s suspicious and it’s weird.”

Continuing, she said: “Fair enough it didn’t open for another two hours but if that were me I would have sat and waited at the restaurant till it opened. As soon as it opened I would have said, ‘Please can you put my phone on charge’ and then I would have rung someone, I would have rung a taxi.”

Lucy hasn’t publicly commented on Jay’s disappearance for over a fortnight now, although she did post an update when she tracked down two individuals who encountered Jay just an hour before he disappeared. She recounted: “We managed to find the house. I knocked on the door and there were two people there.”

She continued, explaining that they informed her Jay had popped out to buy cigarettes and then returned to their flat. But after his return, he apparently expressed a desire to head back to where he was staying. She said: “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. 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.”

On Thursday, Ayub Qassim, the man who rented out the Airbnb, spoke up about the incident, confirming that Jay had indeed arrived at the holiday rental alive and also left in the same state. The Spanish authorities had previously brought in Qassim and his friend for questioning but ultimately deemed them “irrelevant” to their ongoing probe.

He confided to The Mail that he’d allowed the 19 year old to stay with him because he “had nowhere else to go” asserting that all his mates “had left him”. Mentioning that he knew Jay through friends, Qassim acknowledged he was doing the lad a “favour” by offering him a place. These comments emerged after the halting of the terrestrial search for the missing Brit.

Debbie Duncan, Jays mum, has let out a heartfelt statement: “Jay is a normal guy who is in his third year of an apprenticeship, and he is a very popular young man with a large circle of friends. We are a very close family and are absolutely devastated about his disappearance. Words cannot describe the pain and agony we are experiencing. He is our beautiful boy with his whole life ahead of him and we just want to find him. We do not have any information on his whereabouts.”

Continuing, she stated, “The Guardia Civil have worked tirelessly up in the mountains where Jay’s last phone call was traced. They conducted a land search for 12 days which involved every resource they had available. Although the land search ended, the Spanish police still continue with their investigations into why Jay had travelled to the location so far away from his accommodation. We offer our sincere thanks to the Spanish authorities who continue to follow lines of inquiries.”

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