The Courier-Mail

FOR THE LOVE OF OUR JAYDE Town prays for its distraught families

- THOMAS CHAMBERLIN TOM SNOWDON KATE KYRIACOU

SUPPORTERS of the man who police say was the last person to see teen Jayde Kendall say he is an arty, straight-laced computer game enthusiast who “hasn’t even got a speeding ticket”.

People defending the man, 18, yesterday said the situation was “bad for both sides” as police continued to investigat­e Jayde’s disappeara­nce.

Jayde’s family say they have been “touched by the outpouring” of support from their local community which held a solemn candleligh­t vigil last night.

It has been almost two weeks since the 16-year-old was seen getting into the man’s car outside Lockyer District High School.

Police say the man, 18, is a person of interest in the investigat­ion and haven’t been able to verify his version of events. They have again appealed for anyone who saw a red 2003 Toyota Corolla fivedoor hatchback in Gatton on August 14, between 3-6pm, to contact police.

“He’s an honest kid,” a supporter said outside a property linked to the man.

“He’s never been in trouble in his life for anything Nothing, never, hasn’t even got a ... speeding ticket.

“If I was hanging off a cliff mate I’d want him hanging on to the rope because I’d know I would be safe.”

The supporter said the “whole situation is bad for both sides”.

Police yesterday urged people with dash cam footage in the Gatton, Grantham or Lockyer Valley area between 3-6pm on the day, to go through it to help police piece together a better picture of Jayde’s last movements.

Money was taken from Jayde’s account at 5.45pm and 5.47pm at a Commonweal­th Bank ATM on Railway St in Gatton. It is understood the teen was not the person who accessed the account.

“If anyone was driving through Gatton on Railway Street around this time we would very much like to hear from them,” Detective acting Inspector Matt Howard said.

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

While the man refuses to comment on the investigat­ion, in online profiles he claims to have more than 20 novels under way ranging from romance to horror to science-fiction.

He previously attended the same school as Jayde and his profiles state he is a “full time writer” with novels to be published.

Someone who knew the man, but asked not to be named, said he was “always really polite ... he always made the effort to talk with me when I was around”.

Jayde’s devastated family have told of their “need” to have their beautiful girl back.

In a heartfelt message posted online, Jayde’s aunt Jenny Morrissey vowed to find her and called on members of the public to go to police if they had any informatio­n on her whereabout­s.

“It’s been 12 days since we have been able to tell our

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