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Jay Slater case 'not helped by armchair detectives' claims retired cop

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Members of the public who get involved in missing person cases risk genuine investigations, according to former chief inspector Martyn Underhill.The retired detective - who worked alongside the missing person's inquiry to help find mum-of-two Nicola Bulley, claims the rise of the internet has brought with it a tsunami of armchair detectives, all thinking they have the nugget of information to crack the latest case - hampering genuine investigations.With more than 30 years experience with the Sussex Police - including solving eight-year-old Sarah Payne's high-profile murder in 2000 - Mr Underhill worries Jay Slater's disappearance is already mirroring the public's obsession with that of Nicola Bulley and Levi Davis' cases and the slew of guess-work theories will only hinder those directly involved in trying to solve the mystery.Consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist Dr Pablo Jeczmien also chimed in don't the claims, adding people's desire to be part of a missing person's inquiry by having their say online, is all about them and their need to be the centre of what's happened, and has little to do with those who have vanished.It comes as Jay from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, went missing on the holiday island of Tenerife last Monday.

The 19-year-old was last seen by the owner of an Airbnb and it is believed he had missed the bus to reach friends in the south of the island, after attending a music festival.The teen's last known location was traced to Rural del Teno, a mountainous area in the west of the island.

The closest town is Santiago del Teide. Jay had been staying in an apartment with friends on the south of the island. One of those, Lucy Law told police she woke up to a phone call from Jay at 8.30am saying “he was

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