A 15-year-old British schoolgirl who sparked an international search when she went missing along with her math teacher has been found safe and well in France, police said Friday.

The Sussex Police force said Megan Stammers was located just after midday British time Friday along with 30-year-old Jeremy Forrest, a teacher at her school.

France's Sipa news agency said the pair were in a car when they were found in the city of Bordeaux in southwestern France.

Police say Forrest has been arrested on suspicion of child abduction and Stammers has been taken into protection. Sipa reported that she would undergo unspecified medical tests.

Stammers failed to show up for school in her hometown of Eastbourne, southern England, on Sept. 21, and authorities said she had been spotted on a ferry to France with Forrest the same day.

The parents of both Stammers and Forrest made emotional televised pleas for them to get in touch. Police said the two were located as a result of media coverage of the case in France.

Megan's stepfather, Martin Stammers, said he was "thrilled to bits" that she had been found safe.