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  • 20 January 2014, 13:46

Runaways Who Fled School Found In Caribbean

Two teenagers who disappeared from their boarding school in the middle of the night have been found in the Caribbean.

Edward Bunyan and Indira Gainiyeva, both 16, vanished a week ago from Stonyhurst College in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

It is believed they took a taxi to Manchester airport at around 3am on January 13, and then caught a flight to the Dominican Republic.

Their parents were said to have been desperately concerned and reportedly flew out to the popular holiday destination to help police find them.

A Lancashire police spokesman said the sixth formers had been found safe and well at a hotel in the Punta Cana area of the island.

"Plans are now being made for their safe return to the UK. They will be given a welfare debrief by police following their arrival back in this country," he said.

"Our priority throughout this has been to ensure the safety and welfare of these students and after they have been spoken to on their return this will signal an end of police involvement in this matter."

According to their Facebook profiles, Indira says she is from Kazakhstan, but lives in Brighton, East Sussex.

Edward, who calls himself Eddy, says his home is Sotogrande, an upmarket residential development, popular with expats, in southern Spain.

Fellow pupils took to social media - using the hashtags #WheresBunyan and #WheresIndira - to try to find news of their friends.

Stonyhurst College said in a statement: "We are absolutely delighted to be able to report that the two missing pupils have been found safe and well by police in the Dominican Republic.

"They are currently in the care of the police and a family member. Thank you to all parents and friends of Stonyhurst for your support at this time and for your prayers for their safety."

Headmaster Andrew Johnson said there will be discussions with them and their families when they return but it was too early to speculate about their future.

Stonyhurst College was founded in 1593 and bills itself as one of Britain's leading Catholic boarding schools, adhering to the Jesuit tradition.

Past pupils include Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, former BBC director general Mark Thompson, three saints and seven archbishops.

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