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The mother of missing British schoolgirl Faye Jones is waking up every morning screaming with terror over her daughter's disappearance.
Rhonda Jones, 39, is in Turkey desperately trying to find 16-year-old Faye after she vanished with a violent Turkish waiter.
Speaking in Turkey, mum Rhonda said: “I woke up this morning screaming. I can’t take another night of this. It’s so out of character for her. We were like best friends.”
Faye disappeared with bar worker and convicted burglar Murat Can Ertani, 22, last Thursday in the popular tourist resort of Marmaris.
He is said to have boasted to Faye how he once spent time in prison for stabbing someone.
Rhonda added: “I had only talked to Can once or twice. He seemed like a canny lad. I had no reason to suspect he would vanish with my daughter. I just hope he doesn’t hurt her."
Faye's distraught grandfather Glyn Jones has also begged for her to come back - breaking down in tears as he said how he is "like a father to her".
And another teenager, Alanah Longshaw, came forward to reveal how Ertani groomed her on Facebook, lured her to Turkey and the beat her until she fled the country - despite being pregnant with his baby.
Friends of Faye's have revealed that she may have run away with Can out of sheer terror – after he tried to STRANGLE her, it was claimed last night.
The frightened 16-year-old told a pal: “He said he would kill me and my nan – I’ve got to keep him sweet.”
Yesterday a friend said she may have gone with him simply because she was afraid of what he might do if she rejected him.
Fellow holidaymaker Georgina White, 15, had known Faye only a week and a half before she disappeared. But they struck up an immediate friendship and Faye confided in her over her relationship with Ertani.
She said the pair met during a trip last year – and Faye had stayed in touch with via Facebook and Skype.
But Georgina witnessed the dark side of their romance when he choked her friend in front of onlookers, including Faye’s mother, Rhonda, at a packed beach bar.
Later that night Ertani also slapped Georgina when she tried to protect Faye from his bullying.
Georgina, on holiday with her own mum, Denise, 48, said of the initial incident: “Faye came out of the toilet and I could see he had her, strangling her – just because we were with some other lads.
“I pulled her aside and he told me to ‘f*** off’ and pulled her back.”
“He came over again a bit later and said her dancing made her look like a slag. I pulled Faye away and he grabbed her again and slapped me around the face. I just froze. No one has ever hit me before.”
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“After the choking incident, Faye’s mum Rhonda warned her to say away from him. Then, when she saw him hit me, she told her she wasn’t to have any more contact with him.
“If he could strangle her and hit me in front of her mum, what could he do when Rhonda’s not about?”
Georgina added: “A couple of days later by the pool Faye said he was threatening her on Facebook. She showed me the messages.
“Faye was scared he would go after her nan [Jackie, who lives in the resort] or her. She said, ‘I need to keep him sweet or he might come to the hotel and kill me’.
“He’d just got out of prison. If she told him no, she was worried he’d do all kinds of crazy stuff.”
Just days later Faye ran away with Ertani, known as “Can”, who makes a living trying to lure girls into some of the resort’s drinking dens and sponging off others.
The pair have reportedly been sighted several times since they vanished.
Turkish police drafted in a specialist missing persons team. And with the Turkish age of consent at 18, Ertani faces a charge of statutory rape if there has been any sexual relationship.
The night before she bolted, in an argument with mum Rhonda, Faye angrily threatened to run away – and even sickeningly boasted: “I’ll be the next Madeleine McCann.”
Georgina, from Leicester, said: “Faye was screaming, ‘I’m going to run away tomorrow!’ Watch this, you can drop dead. I’m going to be the next Madeleine McCann.’ I told her that was a really sick thing to say. That’s not nice at all.” On her last day at the Pineta Club Hotel, Faye spent her time sitting by the front door rather than soaking up the sun.
Georgina said: “She was just on her phone all the time and then a dark green car pulled up outside.
“She told me she was just going to say bye to Can. She went to speak to him through the open window then went back inside.
“He got out and stood by the car and then she shot past me, didn’t say a word. He threw her suitcase into the car and they drove off. I didn’t think she was that stupid.”
After three hours at the police station, Georgina was waiting outside with Rhonda when she saw a man pulling Faye’s distinctive purple suitcase in the neighbouring bazaar alongside a younger girl. The pair and the police gave chase but Faye and Ertani dropped the bag and managed to escape into the maze of streets beside the resort’s harbour.
Georgina added: “I just know she would want to come home by now. She’s a typical teenager who loves her phone and her clothes and her make-up. She hasn’t got any of that now.
“He’s got some sort of hold over her. She told me about him the first time we met. I just hope she is safe.”
Georgina’s mother Denise said: “I can’t imagine what Rhonda must be going through. She looked so ill when I last saw her. She is at her wits end. We are worried to death about her.” The Mirror can reveal that Ertani has been linked to a gang of crooks who break into homes and drug their victims with anaesthetic spray as they sleep before helping themselves to their belongings.
A number of similar burglaries in the area remain unsolved.
Ertani has done time in the past but tried to bolster his hardman image by telling impressionable Faye, from Cramlington, Northumberland, he was jailed for stabbing someone.
Up to 30 detectives are working on the case. They believe Ertani may have taken Faye to Adana, a town near the Syrian border where he was brought up. The pair have been spotted, according to reports, either on a bus or driving west. Others claim Faye has been seen drinking £1.50 shots back in Marmaris’s infamous Bar Street. Ertani touts customers into bars on the street in exchange for food and shelter from the owners.
One ex-pat, who did not want to be named, said: “If they’re still in this town, all the police need to do is knock some heads together down Bar Street and they’ll quickly find them.”
Distraught Rhonda has pleaded for her daughter to return saying: “Faye, I love you – we all do. Please let us know you’re safe.”