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April never far from people's thoughts in Machynlleth

All over April Jones' home town of Machynlleth in mid-Wales there are reminders that the missing five-year-old is never far from people's thoughts.

A pumpkin carved into April's name Credit: ITV News/Rupert Evelyn
Pink ribbons have become a symbol for the ongoing search for April Credit: ITV News/Rupert Evelyn

Facts of April Jones' disappearance

  • April Jones, who suffers from cerebral palsy and has irritable bowel syndrome, was last seen at about 7pm on October 1 2012 playing out on her bike with friends on the Bryn-y-Gog estate.
  • She had been allowed to stay up later after getting a glowing school report earlier in the day.
  • Local man Mark Bridger, 46, was charged with the abduction and murder of April.

April's parents hail public's support

The parents of missing five-year-old April Jones have thanked the public for their support one month on from the youngster's sudden disappearance.

In a statement released four weeks to the day after the schoolgirl was abducted from the quiet market town of Machynlleth in mid Wales, Coral and Paul Jones also described how they were "overwhelmed" by the amount of resources being used to find their "beautiful daughter".

It is four weeks since April was taken from us, as a family we are obviously devastated and our lives have been torn apart.

Since October 1 we have received messages, flowers and cards from across not only the UK but the world and we have taken comfort knowing that people are thinking of April and us. Thank you for all your kind words and sentiments.

We have been continually updated about the investigation and the search for April.

We are overwhelmed by the massive amount of resources being used and we are extremely grateful that so many search teams are still out there, every day, looking for our beautiful daughter.

We have been supported by our family, friends and neighbours over the past four weeks and it has been their love and support that has helped us get through each day.

We have taken great strength from the procession through the town to the church and the lighting-up of the town clock in pink, April's favourite colour.

With the help of our family liaison officers, local police officers and friends, we were able to participate in both events.

We avoided media attention because we simply wanted to be part of the community without drawing attention away from the events themselves.

Thank you to every single person who attended each event and made them so special.

Search for missing April continues

More than 40,000 man hours have been spent searching for missing April Jones so far.

As many as 150 expert searchers still scour 60 square kilometres of rugged tree-covered terrain around Machynlleth every day.

Mountains, derelict mines, potholes, lakes, the River Dyfi and the town itself fall within more than 300 search areas.

Every five days search teams are stood down and replaced by an equal number of freshly rested experts eager to start work.

Dyfed Powys Police continue to co-ordinate the massive operation and have vowed to search on into 2013 if needs be.


  1. Rupert Evelyn, ITV News Correspondent

Machynlleth strengthened by a resolve to find April

It has been "an horrific month" says the mayor of Machynlleth.

Councillor Gareth Jones wishes his community could return to normal but with five-year-old April Jones still missing what normality would it be?

On every gate, lamp post and in every shop window the pink ribbons remain, a constant reminder of the little school girl who is still to be found.

Daily the police scour the countryside in the hope that this bleak, rugged and forbidding landscape will finally give-up her secret location.

Machynlleth is wounded by the loss of a child but it continues to be strengthened by a resolve to find her.

Search goes on for missing April, one month on from her disappearance

Police are continuing their painstaking search for missing five-year-old April Jones one month on from the youngster's sudden disappearance.

The quiet market town of Machynlleth in mid Wales is still reeling from the trauma of the abduction of the schoolgirl, who was last seen getting into a vehicle near her home.

Five-year-old April Jones who was abducted while out playing near her home in Machynlleth, Mid Wales last month. Credit: Dyfed-Powys Police/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A massive search operation was launched within hours of her vanishing - and prompted desperate appeals for information from her devastated family.

More than 40,000 man hours spent meticulously searching for the missing girl have so far uncovered no trace of her and more than 150 expert searchers still scour 60 square kilometres of rugged tree-covered terrain around the town every day.