The mother of missing Jay Slater says she and her family are “absolutely devastated” about the teenager’s disappearance.

The 19-year-old, from Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire, disappeared on 17 June after setting off to walk back to his accommodation while on holiday in Tenerife.

Speaking 15 days on from her son’s disappearance in Tenerife, Debbie Duncan made the comment in a statement issued through the British overseas missing persons charity LBT Global.

“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,” she said.

“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.”

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She praised the Spanish police, who she said had “worked tirelessly up in the mountains where Jay’s last phonecall 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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