Jay Slater mystery leaves locals baffled over 'dangerous' decision - 'What was he doing?'

Jay Slater

Jay Slater's disappearance is 'strange' and he made a 'dangerous' decision, locals in Tenerife have said

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Georgina Cutler

By Georgina Cutler


Published: 25/06/2024

- 21:34

The teenager's last known location was in the mountainous Rural de Teno Park.

Jay Slater's disappearance is "strange" and he made a "dangerous" decision, locals in Tenerife have said.

A Travel Tenerife tour guide said residents are asking what the 19-year-old was "doing in the mountains at 8am in the morning".


The teenager travelled to an Airbnb in the village of Masca with people he met at the NRG musical festival on Sunday, June 16.

The apprentice bricklayer spoke to his friend Lucy Law at 8am local time last Monday to say he had missed his bus, his phone had just one per cent battery and he would walk home instead.

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Tour guide, Angel drives up to the Masca ravine most days with visitors.

"I know they [police] are looking for him in the mountains but we don’t know anything else. It’s not in the Spanish media but it is here in the Canaries," he told the Manchester Evening News.

"In the south of Tenerife, it is huge, there are tourists from everywhere.

"Sometimes people disappear for one day, two days, there’s drinking and drugs, if they’re partying for example, but up here, nothing like this has happened before.

"For many days, lost in the middle of the mountains.. no, never, never.

"People are asking what was he doing in the mountains at 8am in the morning?

"It’s so strange after the disco you wouldn’t finish a party in the mountains.

"It’s very dangerous. Masca is very famous, people go hiking every day and police have to rescue people, but nobody has disappeared up here in the north."

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His last known location was in the mountainous Rural de Teno Park.

Spanish Police have meticulously been searching the area where his phone signal was last located, with no trace of Slater being found so far.

A "possible sighting" of him in the village of Santiago del Teide - which is around 7km from Masca - has now been shared online.

However, police have not confirmed any updates in the investigation.

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