The Courier-Mail

Police unable to verify account of last person to see missing teenager

- THOMAS CHAMBERLIN TOM SNOWDON

DETECTIVES investigat­ing the disappeara­nce of teenager Jayde Kendall say they have not been able to verify the statement of a man who picked her up and was the last person to see her.

Police yesterday appealed for anyone who saw the man’s car – a red 2003 Toyota Corolla hatchback – around Gatton on Friday, August 14, between 3pm and 6pm to come forward.

The car, which was being driven by the 18-year-old man, has faded paintwork on the roof and a hub cap missing from the back left wheel.

Police said the man picked up the 16-year-old outside Lockyer District High School in Gatton about 3.15pm last Friday.

The teenager hasn’t been seen since.

Police have interviewe­d the man several times since tracking him down.

Labelled by police as a “person of interest” in their investigat­ion, the man told them he spent a few hours with Jayde in Gatton before dropping her off.

“What we have found is there is no informatio­n coming forward that we can verify this story that’s been given by the driver of that vehicle,” Detective Inspector Dave Isherwood said.

“He has given a plausible explanatio­n but our normal inquiries have not been able to determine whether that explanatio­n is true and correct or whether it is in fact false.”

Police doorknocke­d areas in Gatton where the man said he went with Jayde but no one has come forward to say they saw the pair in the area.

CCTV footage showed the car in the CBD for a short time, Insp Isherwood said.

Police have appealed for anyone who saw the man and Jayde together that afternoon or evening to contact police.

The man is about 180cm tall with a medium build and dark hair. He was wearing a dark-coloured T-shirt.

“We have no reason to believe she has left Gatton ... we’ve got no evidence from the family to suggest she has done anything other than

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia