Police release new photo of runaways Megan Stammers and her maths teacher
Pictures of runaway schoolgirl Megan Stammers and her maths teacher on board a ferry as they eloped to France were released by police last night.
In one of the images issued by Sussex Police, the pair are seen hand-in-hand on the Dover to Calais route at 9.30pm last Thursday.
Megan, 15, and 30-year-old Jeremy Forrest have sparked a pan-European search, prompting frantic appeals by her family in Eastbourne, East Sussex, to make contact.
According to the Sun newspaper, Megan's natural father is Barry Wratten, 41, who lives in Leicester.
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The paper reported that he wanted her to get in touch with him.
It reported him as saying: "All we want is Megan home safely. I want her to know we are not angry."
Last night, police said that although they entered France, it was possible they were elsewhere as they renewed their plea to the public to come forward with sightings.
Chief Inspector Jason Tingley, of Sussex Police, said: "We are releasing this photo to show Megan and Jeremy's appearance at the time they travelled to France as we believe it will improve the public's ability to recognise the pair together. Although they entered France, it is possible that they are elsewhere now.
"Therefore our objectives are to identify where they are and for them to contact us, so we can bring Megan home safely.''
Mr Tingley said they were working with Interpol, a liaison officer in France and the French Missing Persons Bureau, plus other law enforcement agencies in Europe.
Megan left her home in Walton Close, Eastbourne, last Thursday afternoon after telling her mother she was going to stay overnight at a friend's house.
Later that day, CCTV caught Forrest's black Ford Fiesta heading to the Port of Dover in Kent with Megan in the passenger seat.
They headed across the English Channel on a ferry bound for Calais some time after 9.30pm.
Megan and Forrest, an amateur musician who lives in Ringmer, near Lewes, were due to return on Sunday evening but they did not board the ferry.
The release of pictures of Megan and Forrest together came as questions were being asked of education officials about how they dealt with warnings of a relationship.
East Sussex County Council confirmed it and school officials were "addressing and investigating concerns'' that were raised about the closeness of Megan and Forrest.
The teenager's mother and stepfather have said they were unaware of any relationship, and Sussex Police were only made aware of it last week.
According to reports, concerns were expressed to another teacher about the contact between Megan and Forrest following a school trip to Los Angeles in February.
A friend of Megan's said another classmate raised the issue after seeing the pair holding hands together on the return flight.
They would often hug each other, the Daily Mail said.