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Jay Slater missing latest: Teen seen ‘walking away fast’ from remote village in Tenerife before he vanished

Jay Slater’s mother makes desperate plea in search for teenager missing in Tenerife

Missing British teenager Jay Slater was seen “walking away fast” from a remote village on a Spanish island just moments before he vanished.

Mr Slater, 19, asked resident Ofelia Medina Hernandez twice what time the bus arrived in Buenavista del Norte, Tenerife, at around 8am on Monday before quickly walking off.

Fifteen minutes later, he phoned his friend Lucy Law to say he was lost, dehydrated and had one per cent phone battery after attending a music festival the night before.

Ms Hernandez told Sky News: “I saw the boy in the morning at around 8am. He asked twice what time the bus came. I told him ‘at 10 o’clock’. He came back and asked me again, and I told him again – at 10 o’clock.

“After that, he walked off and I didn’t see him anymore. Later, I went in my car and I saw him. He was walking fast. But I didn’t see him again after that.”

The teenager was last seen wearing a white T-shirt with shorts and trainers, and his phone shows his last location as the Rural de Teno park at 8.50am around 27 miles away from the festival he was at.

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British police offer to help with search

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A spokesperson told The Independent: “While this case falls outside the jurisdiction of UK policing, we have made an offer of support to the Guardia Civil to see if they need any additional resources.

“They have confirmed that at this time they are satisfied that they have the resources they need, but that offer remains open and they will contact us should that position change.”

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Missing teenager ‘asked for bus times’ before vanishing

Missing British teenager Jay Slater asked a cafe owner for bus times just moments before he vanished in a remote part of a Spanish island.

Mr Slater, 19, asked witness Ofelia Medina Hernandez twice what time the bus arrived in Buenavista Del Norte, Tenerife, at around 8am on Monday.

He was last heard from on Monday morning, when he phoned his friend Lucy Law at 8.15am to say that he was lost, dehydrated and had 1 per cent phone battery after attending a music festival.

Ms Hernandez told Sky News: “I saw the boy in the morning, at around 8am. He asked twice what time the bus came. I told him ‘at 10 o’clock’. He came back and asked me again, and I told him again – at 10 o’clock.

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Who were the men Mr Slater was with?

After meeting two men, who have been described as British, during the festival, Mr Slater decided to return to their AirBnb while his friends went home.

Little is known about them, and they have since flown back to the UK after being questioned briefly by Spanish police.

In the immediate aftermath of his disappearance, his friend Ms Law tracked them down at their AirBnb after spending time matching images from Mr Slater’s Snapchat to the location.

She told MailOnline: “They seemed startled and surprised that I had found them, and I asked them where Jay was.

“They said he had gone out to try and look for cigarettes and then come back and said he was leaving to try and get a bus back into town.

“They just seemed shocked that I had managed to find them and I know the police have spoken to them but I’ve since found out they have left the country. They need to be spoken to properly.”

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Why did he choose an 11-hour walk instead of waiting for a bus?

Despite being pointed towards a bus stop, Mr Slater decided against waiting another two hours for a bus to take him into town.

Speaking to MailOnline, Ofelia Medina Hernandez said she had seen the teenager standing by the bus stop and had asked about buses back to Los Cristianos.

She said: “I held up my fingers on my hands to say 10am as he didn’t understand me then I went home briefly before driving up the mountain to Buenavista del Norte, but this time I saw him walking on the road out of the village.

“It was no more than ten or fifteen minutes after I had spoken to him and he was about a kilometre from the house. I drove past him and that’s the last I saw him.”

Given that there is a main road nearby, questions have been raised as to why Mr Slater appears to have wandered into the wilderness. His friend Ms Law said: “What I don’t understand is if he did walk down then why wasn’t he seen by anyone? x

“It’s a busy time of day, the place is full of hikers and holidaymakers, he could have asked them for help or stopped somewhere but no one has seen him at all.”

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