Update 23 February 2011: This tragic situation, and the agony it has caused Matthew Jackson’s family, continues. His mother Lyn says that the Police believe he slipped on some rocks at Callao Salvaje and fell in the sea and drowned, but to date nothing has been found. She refuses to give up hope of finding some evidence of what happened to Matthew, and asks the residents of Tenerife (and the surrounding islands) to be aware that he has not been found and to contact the police if they find anything unusual, such as clothes. Lyn writes “a full description of Matthew and what he was wearing can be found on the Missing Abroad Website HERE. His family are desperate to hear any news. Thank you. Lyn Jackson”.
Update 30 December 2009: There is still no sign of Matthew Jackson, whose mother made a desperate appeal to find her son when she was interviewed on the TV programme Código abierto yesterday. The interview is being transmitted on the BBC as well.
Originally Posted 24 December: An 18-year-old British soldier, Matthew Jackson, has been missing since 18 December when he failed to return to his hotel, the Pearly Grey Ocean Club, in Callao Salvaje. Matthew arrived in Tenerife for a week’s holiday with his girlfriend on 14 December. After having a few drinks in a bar just a few steps from their hotel, the couple seem to have had some sort of argument, and Matthew walked off down the embankment leading to the beach. He has not been seen since.
At the time he disappeared, he was wearing a red and white Lacoste shirt, grey three-quarter length trousers, and brown and yellow flip-flops. Adeje Guardia Civil and Policía Local are searching frantically for this young man, including with air rescue services. The state of the sea has been so rough that searching with boats has proved extremely difficult.
Matthew’s army unit is stationed in Germany, where he is supposed to present himself by 4 January 2010. His parents have now arrived from the UK and are staying in the Pearly Grey themselves while the search for their son continues. La Opinion