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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 April, 2004, 19:10 GMT 20:10 UK
Missing teenager Megan found safe
Megan Doran
Megan was found safe and well in west London, police said
Missing Kent teenager Megan Doran has been found safe and well, Kent Police have said.

The schoolgirl triggered a police hunt when she vanished on Friday after boarding a train at Tunbridge Wells.

The 13-year-old was found at an address in Ladbroke Grove, west London, where she had been staying with an 18-year-old woman, officers said.

CCTV footage was released on Thursday showing Megan talking to a commuter at Charing Cross Station, London.

'Looking for work'

A Kent Police spokesman said a woman contacted officers after she recognised Megan's picture in a newspaper.

Officers said Megan had been staying with the college student who had believed the teenager was older than 13.

It is thought they first made contact through an internet chatroom.

On Thursday evening a police spokesman said Megan often used internet chatrooms using the name "Sweetiepie".

Police said Megan told the woman she was staying with that she was in London shopping and wanted to look for work.

Nobody else was at the flat when officers attended the premises.

At a police press conference, Det Ch Insp Dean Barnes said: "Megan has been staying with a woman who believed the teenager was older than she was.

"Megan made it known to the woman that she was in London shopping and planned to stay there and get work."

Adding that Megan would soon be reunited with her parents Lorraine and Bill and 17-year-old sister Jessica, he said: "The family are overjoyed. This is a happy resolution."

DCI Dean Barnes
"Megan had said she was looking for work in the London area"


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