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Jay Slater's friend debunks major theory about missing Brit in Tenerife with statement


One of missing teen Jay Slater’s best friends has hit back at armchair detectives circulating wild conspiracies online.

Brad Hargreaves travelled to Tenerife with the 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer to attend the NRG music festival.

Now he’s been forced to hit back at trolls on the internet who say he has some part to play in Jay’s disappearance which he said is “beyond me.”

Brad discounted out of hand one theory doing the rounds on the internet that Tenerife’s drug scene could have played a role in Jay’s disappearance.

“Thinkin I’m involved in it all is beyond me,” (sic) he wrote reports The Independent.

“We’ve been mates for years, came on our first holiday together and unfortunately this has happened. We ain’t drug mules or whatever…. peple [sic] need to know the facts before talking s*** on the internet…” (sic)

Jay, from Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire, disappeared on the Spanish island on June 17. He was last spotted departing an Airbnb located close to Masca village, around eight in the morning.

Jay’s friend Lucy Mae Law, who was with Jay in the Canary Islands, was among the last to hear from him at approximately 8am on the day he disappeared.

He contacted her to say he was making his way back on foot after missing the bus, saying he was thirsty and tired, had sustained a cut from a cactus and that his phone battery was nearly dead.

His mobile last signalled its position somewhere within the Parque Rural de Teno nature reserve.

Before they abandoned their official search last week, Spanish police had focused their efforts there. His family are continuing to search.

Meanwhile a new theory has come to light from a journalist Nick Pisa who is following Jay’s case in Tenerife.

It is based on a conversation with an ex-British Army officer Pisa says that Jay’s phone might have been thrown into difficult terrain.

He said: “We’re not obviously being kept up to speed, but [the former officer] did tell me that he thought where the ping came from was rather surprising because it was really steep to get to, and it was covered in undergrowth and cacti,” he told GB News.

The former officer added that one would require a machete to get to the location or, he suggested, someone might have flung the phone into that thick vegetation.

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