Jay Slater latest: Parts of search ‘don’t add up’ as police ‘hold cards close to their chest’

Jay Slater latest: Parts of search ‘don’t add up’ as police ‘hold cards close to their chest’

Jay Slater says parts of the search 'don't add up'

Ben Chapman

By Ben Chapman

Published: 21/06/2024

- 11:24

The police are holding their cards close to their chest, according to reporter Gerard Couzens

The police are holding their cards close to their chest in the search for missing teen Jay Slater, according to reporter Gerard Couzens.

He joined GB News from Tenerife to discuss the latest in the hunt for the 19-year-old who went missing on Monday.

According to Couzens, some parts of the investigation don’t add up as he raised questions over whether the police are being fully transparent about their activity.

“The police have said from day one that they are keeping an open mind”, he told Nana Akua and Ben Leo.

\u200bGerard Couzens and search teams

Gerard Couzens spoke out on the nature of the search


“The focus looks to be on the mountain search, but behind the scenes, there’s a lot of work going on.

“People have been spoken to. We know of at least one witness that we’ve spoken to who saw Jay [Slater] walking away from the village 10 or 15 minutes after he’d asked for bus timetables.


Nana Akua, Ben Leo and Gerard Couzens

Gerard Couzens joined Ben Leo and Nana Akua on GB News


“She was surprised because he was walking in the opposite direction to the one he should have been heading in if he wanted to return home to the south.

“There are some things that just don’t add up. Police are keeping an open mind.

“Police investigators, aside from the police that are very visibly carrying out that mountain search, are doing a lot of behind the senes work they are not sharing the results with the media.

“They’re keeping things very close to their chest.”

Jay SlaterJay Slater flew from Lancashire to the Canary Islands for a music festival when he disappeared PA Wire

The 19-year-old disappeared after an attempt to walk back to his accommodation after missing a bus.

He was last heard from on Monday when he called his friend, Lucy Law.

Sater’s mother, Debbie Duncan, who flew to Tenerife on Tuesday, said searching for her son was “an absolute living nightmare”.

Duncan told ITV News: “He’s the life and soul, he’s a beautiful boy.”

A fundraiser set up by Law to “get Jay Slater home” has since received more than £23,500 in donations.

A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office spokesman said: “We are supporting the family of a British man who has been reported missing in Spain and are in contact with the local authorities.”

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