THE MOTHER of a Hampshire teenagerwho went missing with a man more than twice her age has spoken of her joy now her daughter has been found.
Rebecca McLean, 15, was found on the Isle of Wight after being missing since Saturday morning, Hampshire Constabulary confirmed this morning.
Her mum, Julie Middleditch, expressed her delight at the news her daughter was safe and well.
She said: “I’m really happy she has been found – we were so worried because she was away from home. We want her back as soon as possible it is a big relief.”
In a statement, Hampshire Constabulary said a 33 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of child abduction.
Anxiety had been mounting among friends and family after she was last seen with Michael Britten, also of the city.
Ms Middleditch begged Rebecca to come home, issuing a plea for her daughter to go to the nearest police station.
Officers, who had been growing concerned for her welfare, said that a 33-year-old man is now helping officers with their enquiries.
Police launched an appeal for information on her whereabouts, asking anyone who had seen either Rebecca or Mr Britten to contact them urgently.
And at about 8.30pm Hampshire Constabulary announced that she had been located on the Isle of Wight.
The Daily Echo understands that the pair are not related and became friends on a social networking site on July 24.
A day later Mr Britten updated his profile to say he was "in a relationship".
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101.