15-year-old Megan Stammers has been reported missing since last Thursday, when she failed to show up to school. The couple have been found in Bordeaux, France, spokesmen from the Sussex Police have confirmed to the Telegraph.
The two met at Bishop Bell Church of England School in Eastbourne, East Sussex, where Megan was a student, and Forrest was her math teacher. Stammers is “safe and well,” but her boyfriend, 30-year-old, married, Jeremy Forrest is not doing as well. Forrest was arrested on suspicion of child abduction and is awaiting extradition from Bordeaux.
They ran away a day after Forrest was told he would be suspended
because of his unruly conduct.
The pair were found after the police received three tip-offs from people stating they had seen them in the South of France.
"There was a third sighting in the town of Bordeaux after a member of the public recognized Jeremy from television coverage that afternoon. We were swiftly able to confirm the sighting,” Chief Inspector Tingley of Sussex Police said.
Authorities caught up to them yesterday, Friday, September 28, in the city of Bordeaux, at 12.20pm. The unlikely pair were walking hand-in-hand at the time.
Forrest had planned for the future, and was aware that there would be many looking for them, the Daily Mail
informs. He had dumped the car they drove on the ferry in Paris, and head it to the southwestern city of Bordeaux by train.
Forrest was applying for bartender jobs, and was on his way to an interview at the time he was apprehended.
“They thought they could blend into day-to-day life in Bordeaux, with reports that Forrest had been applying for bar jobs as recently as last night,” the French police officers uncovered.
His fate will be sealed after he appears in front of Bordeaux’s Court of Appeal on Tuesday, where terms for his extradition will be discussed.
Megan currently finds herself in French police custody, and she isn't pleased.
“Megan was in tears when she was taken away from the arrested man by women police officers. She will remain in the care of the authorities. She will soon be returned to her family in Britain,” sources in the French police have said.
Meanwhile, the girl's family awaits her safe return.
“I’m thrilled and overjoyed. The most amazing thing is the joy I feel in here,” said Mr. Martin Stammers, Megan's stepfather, pointing to his heart. “You can’t describe the feeling,” he added.