POLICE are today continuing to work with French authorities to trace a 15-year-old Eastbourne schoolgirl who they believe has fled across the Channel with a 30-year-old man.
They are pleading with Megan Stammers to return home to her family after heading off to France on Friday with a man she knows, named by police as Jeremy Forrest from Ringmer.
The teenager left her home in Walton Close on Friday after failing to turn up to school. The alarm was raised at lunchtime that day.
Her father, Martin Stammers, urged his daughter to get in touch. He said: “We just want Megan to make contact with us. We are worried and miss her terribly. Please get in touch Megan.”
Police know that Megan and the man crossed from Dover to Calais at around 9.20am on Friday morning. They are trying to locate Mr Forest’s black Ford Focus, registration GJ08 RJ0.
Sussex Police believe Megan is still in France and they are liaising with French authorities to try to trace her.
Megan is described as 5ft 6in tall, slim build with very long dark brown hair. She was last seen wearing a white vest top and a silver necklace.
Lewes District Commander, Chief Inspector Jason Tingley said: “Megan’s family love her dearly and are all incredibly upset by her disappearance. They want her to come home as soon as possible.
“We need Megan or Jeremy to make contact with us to help us return her safely to her family.
“If you know Jeremy Forrest or have seen his black Ford Focus, GJ08 RJO, and have any information that could help us with our enquiries, then please call 101 quoting serial 679 of 21/9.”