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Reverend Kathleen Rogers has told ITV Cymru Wales it is 'inevitable' that the police search for April Jones is set to draw to a close.
She said April's disappearance has had a 'devastating' effect on the community of Machynlleth, but praised police in their tireless hunt for the five-year-old.
Police investigating the disappearance of Machynlleth schoolgirl April Jones have confirmed the search for her is set to end next month.
The hunt for the five-year-old remains one of the largest in police history.
- April Jones went missing on October 1st, 2012.
- Since then 17 specialist search teams have searched 60 square kilometers of land, including over 300 specific search areas
- Teams have faced adverse weather conditions and challenging terrain, including mountains, gorges, streams and waterfalls
Resources have included police marine units, experts in confined spaces and mines, fire and rescue teams, urban search and rescue teams, coastguard, mountain rescue teams and sniffer dogs.
Dyfed Powys Police say they will continue to respond to any new information received.
Police involved in the search for missing five-year-old April Jones are expecting it to finish by the end of next month.
Officers from Dyfed Powys Police, along with other forces from across the UK, have been searching Machynlleth and the surrounding area since she went missing in October.
In a statement, Dyfed Powys Police say no searches are taking place this week due to the weather, and no searches will be carried out over Easter.
A spokesperson said: "Officers will searching specific areas of land with a view to all search areas identified being completed by the end of April.
"There will of course remain a reactive team of specialist officers available to respond to any new information that is received."
Mark Bridger, 47, denies charges of murder, abduction and perverting the course of justice. He is due to stand trial next month.