UK teen who ran away with teacher found in France

AP News
Posted: Sep 28, 2012 3:07 PM
UK teen who ran away with teacher found in France

LONDON (AP) — A 15-year-old British schoolgirl who sparked an international search when she went missing along with her math teacher was found safe and well in France on Friday, police said.

Megan Stammers was located along with 30-year-old Jeremy Forrest, a teacher at her school, police in the southern England county of Sussex.

France's Sipa news agency said the pair were in a car when they were found in the city of Bordeaux in southwestern France. Back in the Sussex town of Lewes, Stammers' stepfather Martin expressed relief at the news.

"We just can't wait to be reunited with her. Our family are overjoyed at the outcome. As you can imagine it's been an absolute emotional rollercoaster," he told reporters.

Police say Forrest has been arrested on suspicion of child abduction and Stammers has been taken into protection. Sipa reported that she would undergo unspecified medical tests.

Stammers failed to show up for school in her hometown of Eastbourne, near Lewes, on Sept. 21, and authorities said she had been spotted on a ferry to France with Forrest the same day.

The parents of both Stammers and Forrest made emotional televised pleas for them to get in touch. Police said the two were located as a result of media coverage of the case in France.

Britain's Channel 4 News reported that the schoolgirl would be flown out of Bordeaux airport back to the U.K. later Friday.