April Jones' family expected at inquest on Monday

April Jones was five years old when she was abducted last October. Credit: Family photograph / Dyfed-Powys Police

The family of April Jones are expected to attend an inquest into the murdered schoolgirl's death next week.

A hearing will be held in Welshpool on Monday, in preparation for a full inquest in the town at a later date.

Mark Bridger, 47, was given a whole life sentence in May, after being convicted of her abduction and murder.

April was last seen on 1 October 2012, playing outside her home in Machynlleth. Her body has never been found, despite the largest search in British policing history.

Powys coroner Louise Hunt is expected to adjourn the hearing on Monday, after receiving a brief update on the current situation from police.

A spokesman for the coroner's office said a number of April's family would be attended the hearing.