The driver of a car that a missing Queensland teenager was last seen in five days ago is helping police, but is not considered a suspect.
According to police, he is a person of interest in the disappearance of 16-year-old Gatton student Jayde Kendall as they knew each other through school and work.
Police have also revealed an item of property belonging to Jayde has been found beside a service road at Walloon, about 45km from where she was last seen at Lockyer District High School.
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Detective Inspector Dave Isherwood said investigators remained hopeful the girl had simply “run away” but had to be realistic given she hadn’t contacted friends or family.
“The bottom line is we are concerned about her whereabouts,” he told reporters.
Jayde was last seen getting into a red car at her school on Friday afternoon.
She was reported missing by her father after he went to pick her up from her part-time job at McDonald’s and she wasn’t there.
Det Insp Isherwood said her family were desperate for answers, particularly her father who is a sole parent after losing his wife to cancer some years ago.
“He’s very distressed by this; it is totally out of character,” Det Insp Isherwood said.
Police said the driver who picked up Jayde was believed to have been with her for some hours.
He was questioned by police on Tuesday night and his version of events were plausible but had to be thoroughly investigated.
Police have not revealed what the item of property belonging to Jayde is, but say it was found by a member of the public on Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile, a Facebook page `Help Find Jayde’ has attracted almost 5000 likes.