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.

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One month since April vanished

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