Belfast Telegraph

Monday 24 November 2014

Prayers mark April's disappearance

April Jones was abducted while out playing near her home in the Bryn Y Gog estate in Machynlleth, mid Wales, a month ago
April Jones was abducted while out playing near her home in the Bryn Y Gog estate in Machynlleth, mid Wales, a month ago

Private prayers are being said across a close-knit community, a month after the disappearance of schoolgirl April Jones.

Machynlleth in mid Wales is still struggling with the trauma of April's abduction four weeks after the event.

A massive search operation launched within hours of five-year-old April's abduction on October 1 continues unabated.

More than 40,000 man hours spent in a meticulous search for the missing schoolgirl has so far uncovered no trace of her and more than 150 expert searchers still scour 60 square kilometres of rugged tree covered terrain around the town every day.

Mountains, caves, derelict mines, pot holes, lakes, the River Dyfi and the town itself fall within more than 300 search areas.

Every five days search teams are stood down and replaced by an equal number of freshly rested experts eager to start work.

Dfyed Powys Police continues to co-ordinate the massive operation and has vowed to search on into 2013 if need be.

April, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was abducted from the town's Bryn-y-Gog estate. She had been playing out on her bike with friends on the evening in question as a treat for getting a glowing school report.

She was last seen getting into what is believed to have been a Land Rover Discovery which stopped on the estate.

Local man Mark Bridger, 46, was arrested the day after and his Land Rover Discovery seized for forensic examination. He was later charged with the abduction and murder of April and perverting the course of justice by disposing of her body.

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