14/08/2014 16:57 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Romeo And Juliet Runaway Public School 16-Year-Olds 'Found In The Caribbean'

Runaway public school couple Edward Bunyan and girlfriend Indira Gainiyeva

They've been dubbed the 'Romeo and Juliet' couple – but we imagine the parents of two 16-year-olds who slipped out of school to fly 4,000 miles to the Caribbean might have very different words for them when they return home.

Sixth formers Edward Bunyan and girlfriend Indira Gainiyeva got a taxi to the airport at 3am and grabbed a flight to the Dominican Republic – sparking a huge international police hunt.

But it has now emerged they have been located in the Caribbean and police are waiting to approach them.

Although their families expressed concerns for their safety, their classmates were describing their 'adventure' as an 'incredible stunt'.

Lancashire Police said: "We believe we know their location and are working with foreign police."

The 'escape' amazed other students at the school as the corridors are patrolled by 24-hour security teams.

The college - one of Britain's top Catholic boarding schools - includes Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle among its former pupils.

A spokesman for the school said: "The building is monitored and has security teams in place 24 hours a day. We are investigating how the pair managed to leave the premises in the early hours.

"Until we speak to them, we cannot confirm how this happened. "We are working closely with officers to help find them safely."

Victoria Bunyan, the widow of Edward's older half-brother Christopher, told the Telegraph: "I don't approve at all but sounds like he is having quite an adventure.

"It is going to get him in rather a lot of trouble I am sure. "I'm not sure why he did it; they are very hormonal at that age. I don't know anything about the girl - I suspect her family are very worried too.

"I don't know what was going on at school for him but he is a bright boy so I am sure he will be OK and will work it out."

Matthew Mostyn, second master at Stonyhurst College, said the students' friends had first viewed their disappearance as an 'exciting story' but were now anxious about their whereabouts.

He added: "The families are desperately concerned for them, and our priority is to get them back safely as soon as possible.

"We believe that they are in the Dominican Republic, and we have every reason to suppose they are completely safe and sound.

"It's increasingly clear that they went of their own free will, so there's every reason to be optimistic, but obviously until they're back with their families there is still a concern."

A Lancashire police spokesman said: "We believe that we know their location and we are currently working with foreign police services to track them down.

"We are making inquiries at the moment to find out their exact location. We are concerned about their safety due to their age and the fact that they are travelling together without any adults."