Mark Bridger has appeared at Aberystwyth Magistrates' Court accused of the abduction and murder of five-year-old April Jones. He also faces a charge of perverting the course of justice.
Bridger spoke only to confirm his name and address and that he understood the charges.
Magistrates remanded Bridger in custody and he will next appear at Caernarfon Crown Court on Wednesday.
Police say they have almost finished searching April Jones' home town and the focus has shifted to suspect Mark Bridger's village.
Police have confirmed the high numbers of officers searching for April Jones will remain over the weekend.
Mark Bridger appeared in court this morning accused of the abduction and murder of five-year-old April Jones.