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Parents fear Mark Bridger may never reveal where April Jones' body is

Five-year-old April Jones disappeared on October 1, last year. Photo:

The parents of murdered April Jones fear that killer Mark Bridger may never reveal where the body of their daughter is.

Bridger, 47, kidnapped April before sexually abusing her, murdering her and then disposing of her body last October.

Mark Bridger leaves Mold Crown Court after being found guilty of April's murder. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Parents Paul and Coral Jones told The Sun that there is "no way" the killer will tell them where their daughter is - and they will not give him the satisfaction of asking.

It's the not knowing that's the hardest part. It's my worst nightmare come true.

We haven't got a body to give April a proper burial and that breaks my heart.

Lots of people have questioned him, but he's refused to tell us all along. If he's lied to police, barristers, the judge, there's no way he will tell me where my little girl is.

– Coral Jones

April's blood and bone fragments were found in Bridger's rented cottage in Cienws, mid-Wales.

The former home of Mark Bridger in Ceinws, mid-Wales. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The couple hope the coroner will give them the bone pieces in order to carry out a symbolic funeral, the newspaper reported.

It's all we've got and it's looking like all we'll ever get. It's so, so hard.

It was just a sexual fantasy for him at the end of the day, and our April paid for it with her life.

– Paul Jones

They said one of the most distressing moments during the trial was hearing Bridger say their daughter's name and refer to her as "little April".

Paul and Coral Jones called Mark Bridger 'evil'. Credit: The Sun

The couple had known the "child-murdering coward" whose son is at the same school as their children but never had any reason to think he was "weird".

He's put a hole in our heart. He ripped a happy family apart. He's evil.

– Coral Jones

April's grandparents Dai and Linda Smith also told of their anger towards Bridger, during an interview with Welsh television channel S4C.

A few weeks before April's death, her grandparents had taken her to a local beach.

April Jones on a beach weeks before she was murdered. Credit: Dai and Linda Smith / S4C
Her grandparents have told of the anger towards Bridger. Credit: Dai and Linda Smith / S4C

Bridger, a former slaughterhouse worker, was given a whole life sentence by trial judge Mr Justice Griffith Williams.

April had been playing with friends close to her home on the Bryn Y Gog estate in Machynlleth, mid-Wales when Bridger enticed her into his car.

A general view of Mark Bridger's blue Land Rover Discovery. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Police officers found numerous indecent images on his computer, as well as pictures of young female murder victims, including Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, the victims of Soham killer Ian Huntley.

On the day April was abducted, Bridger had viewed online photographs of a young girl and a pornographic cartoon depicting the apparent rape of a physically restrained and visibly distressed girl.