Pictured: Kevin Daffurn, 30, was found dead by two holidaymakers on Friday
A British tourist found dead after an alleged ‘carjacking spree’ was filmed zig-zagging on a motorway in a stolen Mitsubishi with both doors open moments before he crashed and targeted two other vehicles, investigators believe.
Kevin Daffurn from Shotts, north Lanarkshire had only been in Tenerife 24 hours after flying there with two friends, when he is said to have forced a female passenger to leap from her moving vehicle while he drove off after taking LSD.
Two tourists found him four hours after he crashed and fled on foot, with investigators handed footage of the incident today.
Before he died he tried to steal another car and a motorbike while staggering along the dual-carriageway, witnesses say, leading to speculation he’d mixed alcohol with LSD.
His body was found near the roundabout in the popular resort of Los Cristianos just after 6pm after allegedly stealing the Spanish woman’s Mitsubishi.
Late on Friday it became apparent the dead man – found barefoot and wearing only shorts and a hotel wristband was the 30-year-old father-of-one from Scotland.
Police have been waiting to formally quiz Mr Daffurn’s two friends, who told officers he was a ‘conflictive’ person after drink and drugs.
A Foreign Office spokesman told MailOnline they were in touch with Spanish police and would be issuing a statement shortly.
A police source said: ‘Initially when the man’s body was found, it wasn’t thought that it was connected in any way with the earlier incidents.
Two tourists raised the alarm after spotting Kevin Daffurn’s body near a roundabout in the resort of Los Cristianos just after 6pm yesterday. Pictured above, Mr Daffurn with his fiancee
Tragedy: Spanish police say they are investing the incident after the father from Scotland was discovered dead
A police source said Mr Daffurn tried to steal a car and a motorbike, before stunning witnesses by jumping over the central reservation and fleeing the scene on foot
He said: ‘Subsequently, because of the proximity to the crash scene and the clothes he was wearing, it was confirmed he was the same person responsible for the carjacking, motorway crash and two other attempts to steal cars stuck im the tailback he caused when he had his accident.
‘Investigators are still awaiting the results of the autopsy but the the inexplicable actions of this man obviously give rise to suspicions that he was out of his mind on drink and possibly drugs.
‘Police were told by his friends during a quick verbal interview that he was a very conflictive person after alcohol.’
The bizarre series of events began just before 2pm yesterday in the south of Tenerife called San Eugenio Commercial Centre.
A woman in a Mitsubishi was injured after leaping out of the vehicle as it was driven off by a thief who jumped into the car when her husband got out briefly leaving the key in the ignition.
The carjacker crashed shortly afterwards on the TF-1 motorway which runs from the island capital Santa Cruz to the major tourist resorts in the south.
He then tried to steal another car and a motorbike stuck in the tailback resulting from the accident, before stunning witnesses by jumping over the central reservation and fleeing the scene on foot.
The bizarre series of events began just before 2pm yesterday in the south of Tenerife called San Eugenio Commercial Centre. Pictured above, a social media post believed to be from one of Mr Daffurn’s friends
Some four hours later two holidaymakers spotted a man’s body on waste ground by a roundabout leading to Los Cristianos. There were no visible signs of any injury.
Initial reports in one local Spanish-speaking newspaper – when his identity was still unknown – said he had no ID documents on him but was aged 30 to 40 and could have been dead ‘for between three and four days.’
Mr Daffurn had only flown to Tenerife the day before his death and is thought to have gone on an all-night bender instead of returning to sleep at his hotel.
On the evening before the tragedy one of his friends is thought to have posted a bottle of popular spirit Jagermeister.
And a family member wrote on the photograph: ‘Have a great time, please come back in one piece the lot of u.’
It is not yet clear where he was intending to go with the Mitsubishi he had stolen, although he is thought to have been heading in the direction of his two-star apart-hotel near Playa de Las Americas, called Laguna Park.
The police source said: ‘The carjacking and events that followed were crazy. It was like something out of a film.
The TF-1 motorway in Tenerife near to where the 30-year-old man was found dead
He said: ‘The driver of the Mitsubishi had stopped outside the shopping centre and got out of the car for a moment but left the keys in the ignition.
‘The woman in the passenger seat leapt out of the vehicle fearing she was possibly being kidnapped. She is Spanish. She suffered bruises and some other injuries and was taken to hospital but fortunately she was not seriously hurt.
‘That happened just before 2pm yesterday/on Friday outside San Eugenio Shopping Centre and the motorway incident at 2pm.
‘The tourist crashed the car, then tried to steal another car and then a motorbike and ended up running along the hard shoulder before jumping over the central reservation as traffic came to a standstill in the chaos.’
‘He could have been trying to get to his hotel but at the moment it’s not really clear.’
Los Cristianos, Tenerife, where a 30-year-old British man who has been found dead was due to be staying
He added: ‘The dead man arrived in Tenerife on Thursday with two British friends. They will be formally interviewed shortly so investigators can try to piece together all his movements from the time he reached the island to the time he died.’
Island newspaper La Opinion de Tenerife reports the wannabe car thief pushed several bags of shopping through a woman’s car window as she was stuck in a tailback resulting from a crash he had just caused in another stolen vehicle – before jumping in the vehicle and sitting down beside her.
The unidentified driver abandoned her car and ran away screaming for help. She was said to be in such a state that police had to calm her down when they arrived.
The paper ran the article under the heading: ‘Woman flees after a man gets into her car with several bags of shopping.’
After leaving the car and trying to steal a motorbike, the tourist ran off on foot towards the spot where he was later found dead.
The woman who jumped out of the first car is said to have been injured in the process and was saved from being hit by an off-duty police officer.