A PICTURE of schoolgirl Megan Stammers and her 30-year-old maths teacher holding hands on the ferry to France has been released by police.
The CCTV image of 15-year-old missing Megan and Jeremy Forrest was taken on board a ferry from Dover to Calais at 9.30pm last Thursday (20 September).
The schoolgirl left her home in Walton Close, Eastbourne earlier that day and travelled to France with her maths teacher Forrest, from Bishop Bell School.
Megan was reported missing by her mum when she failed to turn up at school on Friday (21 September) and her parents made a plea for her return at press conference organised by Sussex Police yesterday (Monday 24 September).
Chief Inspector Jason Tingley 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.
“We are working with Interpol, a dedicated liaison officer in France and the French Missing Persons Bureau, as well as other law enforcement agencies in Europe.
“At this time our foreign liaison is focussed on raising awareness of the pair and gathering information about where they could be.
“We have the ability to request other support and resources from the European authorities when the need arises.
“On an enquiry like this, there will always be reports of unconfirmed sightings, which we will follow up.
“We will not comment on speculation about locations, but with public awareness being a key factor in this enquiry, we will publicise confirmed sightings.
“We would like to thank the public and media for their assistance. We are particularly grateful for the efforts of the international media in raising awareness about the pair abroad. Our primary concern is still to find Megan and Jeremy safe and well.”
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Megan and Jeremy or who sees the black Ford Fiesta car they are believed to be travelling in, should call Sussex Police on the dedicated phone line 00441273 475432 or text +447786208090.