Police slam rumours about missing girl Jayde Kendall
POLICE have slammed social media rumours swirling about a missing Gatton teenager as they again join SES volunteers to search for Lockyer Valley High School student.
Jayde Kendall, 16, was last seen leaving the high school in Gatton on Friday afternoon.
On Wednesday, a passer-by found a "personal item" that is believed to belong to Jayde, more than 40 kilometres away near the Warrego Highway at Walloon.
Detective Inspector Dave Isherwood said Jayde failed to turn up to work an evening shift at the local McDonalds on the day she disappeared.
"She was supposed to be at work and picked up by her father at 9pm," he said.
"Now what we have established is that she left school about 3:15 on Friday afternoon, was seen to get into a red vehicle driven by a male person.
"We've ... established who that person is, we've interviewed that person and he's given a plausible version of events as to what's occurred."
Detective Inspector Isherwood said Jayde knew the driver.
"He apparently attended her school, he's a few years older and had known her through mutual contacts at her workplace," he said.
"There's no suggestion that he's a boyfriend; I'm aware on social media there's innuendo that she had older boyfriends and these sorts of things.
"I can assure you our investigation to date has revealed that she is a 16-year-old who was focused on study and work and wasn't involved with anyone outside of her school or workplace.
"There is no suggestion whatsoever that this girl is promiscuous, that this girl is anything but a decent kid who's tried to have a go in life."
Anyone with information on her whereabouts has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours a day.