The parents of missing April Jones spoke today of their pain at realising they will never see their daughter alive again.
April Jones vanished from her home town in Wales a month ago today. Despite continuing daily searches, the five-year-old is yet to be found.
Detectives investigating the abduction of April Jones have until this afternoon to charge or release murder suspect Mark Bridger.
Dyfed-Powys Police have said their search for missing April Jones has been called off, though they will have officers available should new information become available.
In a statement, police said:
Since the beginning of October Specialist officers from Dyfed-Powys Police along with other Forces from across the UK have been searching the area in and around Machynlleth for five year old April Jones.
The search areas identified during the course of the investigation were completed on Friday 19 April.
In addition, a reactive team of specialist officers are available to respond to any new information that is received.
Dyfed-Powys Police have called off the search for missing five-year-old April Jones.
April Jones went missing on October 1 last year.
Police said a reactive team of specialist officers will respond to any new information.
The family of April Jones have paid tribute to her on her sixth birthday with a host of pink ribbons and banners - April's favourite colour.
Later this evening they will release balloons into the sky from Machynlleth and have invited well-wishers across Wales to do the same.
Friends and family of April Jones will gather today to mark her sixth birthday.
The Machynlleth schoolgirl went missing in October last year.
Balloons will be released this evening on Bryn-y-Gog Green.
Her family are asking people to put a tag on their balloons saying where they are from and sending a message to April.
Dyfed-Powys Police has released a statement about missing April Jones: "Dyfed-Powys Police resumed the search to find April Jones on 7th January following a two-week break for the Christmas period.
"Currently there are 16 search teams involved in the operation. This consists of six PoLSA’s (Police Search Advisers), 16 dog teams – and a Dyfed-Powys Police Search Cell of eight members of staff, which drives the logistical support.
"The defendant, Mark Bridger will be appearing at Mold Crown Court on 14th January 2013 for the Plea and Case Management hearing in relation to the offences of which he has been charged."
April Jones' parents have admitted the "pain doesn't get any easier" at a news conference, 10 weeks after she went missing in Machynlleth, Wales.
ITV News' Rupert Evelyn reports:
Dyfed Powys Police said the search for April Jones would continue until there is nowhere left to look.
In a statement released today, the force said:
We will keep looking untilwe are satisfied that we have exhausted all lines of enquiry. We are notputting an end date on the operation, and we are not willing to speculate howmuch longer it will last, but we will say that we are committed to stay here untilwe can be sure that there are no more viable places to look for April’s body.
They added that the search had taken in a huge range of locations and terrains:
This is one of the largest search operations in the UK in police history.
Specialist teams from other agencies and organisations have been searching rivers and the sea; mines and quarries; and various other confined spaces on the hillsides of Machynlleth.
Volunteers from a number of mountain rescue teams have walked for miles over the mountain sides all working together looking for clues and evidence that may help us find April.
The parents of missing April Jones released a statement today, which can be viewed in full on the Dyfed-Powys Police website:
It has been ten weeks since April, our beautiful little girl, was taken from us and the pain of our tragic loss doesn’t get any easier to bear.
The messages and support from all over the world have continued and we remain grateful that we are in people’s thoughts and prayers. The empathy shown towards us by not only local people but those from afar has shown us that people really do come together during difficult times.
– Coral and Paul Jones
The dedication and determination shown by the search teams who have come from all over the UK has been truly amazing. We take comfort to think that they will be returning to their families to earn a well deserved rest over the Christmas and New Year period.
We understand that Christmas will be a particularly difficult time without April being amongst us but as parents of Harley and Jazmin we will obviously acknowledge the festive season as best as we can. We sincerely hope that families around the world will enjoy a peaceful and loving Christmas.