Without a trace: Jayden’s mysterious disappearance rocks small town

Without a trace: Jayden’s mysterious disappearance rocks small town FEAR: Charters Towers resident Doug Morris said the community was looking for Jayden Penno-Tompsett, top left. Senior Sergeant Graham Lohmann, bottom left, said police were “not closed to any possibility”.
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The Flinders Highway at the entrance to Charters Towers, where a missing person investigation has rocked the small town. Picture: Brodie Owen

Locals walk down the main street of Charters Towers, Gill Sreet. Charters Towers is about 90 minutes south-west of Townsville. Picture: Brodie Owen

Police canvassed the Stockroute Road area on Wednesday but were no closer to finding Jayden Penno-Tompsett. Picture: Brodie Owen

TweetFacebook‘He is my mate and I’m hurt too’THE friend travelling with Jayden Penno-Tompsett before he vanished has denied claims he is “heartless” and says he is actually heartbroken at the disappearance of his mate.

Lucas Tattersall was a passenger in the Nissan Pulsar when the men were passing through Charters Towers in North Queensland early on New Year’s Eve.

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The pair took off from Newcastle andhad taken turns in the drive upto Cairns via the Gregory Highway, which passes through towns including Emerald and Clermont, before it becomes the Flinders Highway at Charters Towers.

In Charters Towers, police believe Mr Penno-Tompsett became angry and for an unknown reason turned onto a back road –possibly Stockroute Road, which connects cattle grazing farms –before vanishing.

Mr Tattersall has not responded to media requests for comment but on Facebook said he had tried to calm Mr Penno-Tompsett to no avail.

Police canvassed the Stockroute Road area on Wednesday but were no closer to finding Jayden Penno-Tompsett. Picture: Brodie Owen

“I’m sorry to tell you but if someone wants to just up and leave and f*** off then that’s what they are gonna do,” he wrote.“[You] don’t understand how hard I tried to help Jayden when I with him and calm him down so we can sort this out [sic].”

He added:“He is my mate and I’m hurt too please stop making out I’m just some heartless prick that left him out there to die.”

Asked why he drove off, he said he was “owed money” in Cairns that he needed to fix his car because it was“on the verge of breaking down”.

“I had to wait about 4/5 days until I could get it fixed. Otherwise if I didn’t do what I did I’d be stuck in Charters Towers with no money or nothing,” he said.

Two helicopters, including one piloted by a cattle grazier with extensive local knowledge, scoured the area near Stockbridge Road.

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