Jayde Kendall's family make plea 'don't give up on her'

THE distraught family of missing Gatton teenager Jayde Kendall has made an impassioned plea for the community not to give up the search for the 16-year-old.

Jayde's uncle, Craig Morrissey, fronted a press conference this afternoon, urging people to keep reporting information through Crime Stoppers.

Jayde Kendall's family say they just want their Jayde back.
Jayde Kendall's family say they just want their Jayde back. Ali Kuchel

He described his niece as a mature, responsible young woman that would never simply run away from her family.

"We are deeply traumatised by the disappearance of Jayde," Mr Morrissey said.

"We as a family are appealing for anyone with information or who may have seen Jayde around the time of her disappearance to come forward.

"No matter how irrelevant you may think it is - please contact Crime Stoppers or if you can't visit your nearest police station."

Mr Morrissey said the last time he saw Jayde, she was a happy teenager.



Detective Acting Inspector Matt Howard and Jayde's uncle Mr Craig Morrissey talking to media.
Detective Acting Inspector Matt Howard and Jayde's uncle Mr Craig Morrissey talking to media. Ali Kuchel


She was dedicated to her school work and her job at McDonald's, and had aspirations of studying psychology at university.

He said she was the "glue that kept the family together".

"Jayde is a really good person, Jayde is committed to her studies," he said.

"Jayde worked tirelessly at her job at McDonald's and at school.

"It is totally out of character for Jayde to run away and the family is thinking that way.

"Jayde's father is pretty traumatised and couldn't talk to the media today."

Mr Morrissey said when Jayde's mother died "a few years ago", the young woman took on the role of being a mother her younger brother.

"She became a mother to him - that's what hold the family together," he said.

"Jayde's responsibilities are just towards her family.

"She is a mature young girl."

Jayde Kendall's loved ones.
Jayde Kendall's loved ones. Ali Kuchel

Mr Morrissey said if there was someone holding Jayde against her will, for that person to have some "human decency" and let her go.

"Just bring her home to us," he pleaded.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



Gatton teenager Jayde Kendall.
Gatton teenager Jayde Kendall. Contributed

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