THE mother and stepfather of missing teenager Megan Stammers today made an emotional appeal for her to come home.
Speaking at a press conference, the 15-year-old's mother Danielle Wilson said: "Sweetheart, I don't care what you've done or why, I just want you home."
The schoolgirl is believed to be in France with her teacher, 30-year-old Jeremy Forrest.
The pair travelled out on a ferry together on Thursday evening and were due to return to the UK yesterday but did not use their tickets.
Ms Wilson said: "You know that your adorable princess wants her adorable mermaid back."
Mr Forrest is a maths teacher at the school that Megan attends, Bishop Bell C of E School in Eastbourne, East Sussex.
The alarm was raised at midday on Friday after Megan failed to turn up for school.
Chief Inspector Jason Tingley from Sussex Police said: "We believe that you left on your own accord with Jeremy but we need to hear that you are OK. Your family and friends are extremely worried, but you are not in any trouble.
"My message to Mr Forrest is that this may not have gone as you expected it to. Right now our priority it to know that Megan is safe and I would ask you to do the right thing and make contact with us.
"We will work with you to get you both safely back into the country."
Ms Wilson and Mr Stammers both said Megan's disappearance was out of character for the teenager.
"She is always in at 7pm, she is not one of these kids to roam the streets, she doesn't go out drinking or anything like that. She doesn't like the dark so she had never been out after dark," Ms Wilson said.
She added: "It is completely out of character, this is not her, she is not like this."
Mr Stammers told how Megan sent him a text message last Tuesday asking to meet him. He arranged to meet her on Saturday but she did not keep the date as her and Mr Forrest are believed to have already left for France.
"We had a date on Saturday, we didn't make it. Babes, that offer's still there, sweetheart," he said.
"(I) just want you to come home safe and well, babes please."
Describing her as "everything you would want in a daughter", he added: "We are a family unit working together, strength is coming from within all of us, as a family, our close friends (are) striving so hard.
"I would like to thank the people supporting us out there on the social networks, Twitter, Facebook. Please keep posting, keep tweeting, please keep retweeting."
With her voice breaking, Megan's mother said: "Please darling, just do anything - text me, ring me, send me a message. I've sent you a message on Facebook, just do anything. The phone number hasn't changed at home, just ring, please sweetheart."
She said the 15-year-old can be "very childlike" and is "affectionate and loving" and had "never brought any trouble to my door".
The last thing Megan said before she disappeared, was: "I love you."
Ms Wilson said: "She was really happy, jumping around. She grabbed my shoulders and she said to me, 'Mum, can you look me in the eye?'. And I said to her, because she was fussing, 'please stop, get off me now'.
"And she said, 'no mum, look me in the eye', and I looked her in the eye and I had to kind of look up to her a bit and she said, 'I love you'."
Mr Tingley appealed for any members of the public who see the couple or Mr Forrest's black Ford Fiesta, registration GJ08 RJO, to contact French or British police.
Ms Wilson said: "She is a typical girl, she is very, very girly. She like her make-up, she likes her hair. She loves nicking my combs and things like that."
She described Megan as intelligent, adding: "But then she can be very child-like. She strokes my head and tells me I am cute.
"She is affectionate, she is loving. She is just so lovely and cute and caring.
"She has never brought trouble to my door."
Today, further details of a blog by Mr Forrest emerged, showing he had agonised over a "moral dilemma" earlier this year.
In a post entitled 'you hit me just like heroin,' the married teacher is believed to have debated “what is right or wrong, acceptable or unacceptable?” before concluding that “actually we get a lot of things wrong”.
In a blog post written in May, he allegedly said: “At the end of the day I was satisfied that if you can look at yourself in the mirror and know that, under all the front, that you are a good person, that should have faith in your own judgment.”
Mr Forrest, from Lewes, East Sussex, married Emily Faulder, a 31-year-old photographer, last year in Brighton. It is not clear whether the couple had split before Mr Forrest left with Megan.
The Stammers family are appealing for help on social networking site Twitter, using the hashtag #findmeganstammers to circulate photographs of the teenager.