Welsh Secretary David Jones hailed the "tremendous community spirit" of the people of Machynlleth following the disappearance of five-year-old April Jones.
Addressing the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, he asked activists to "spare a few thoughts or April Jones, her family and the officers of Dyfed-Powys Police and the search and rescue services".
He added: "Most particularly, could I ask you to think about the people of Machynlleth who, over the last seven really harrowing days, have displayed such tremendous community spirit."
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.