Missing April Jones

Posted: October 4, 2012 in Police crime scenes
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Speaking at a news conference, Superintendent Ian John said officers from all 44 forces across the UK are filtering through the information for clues to the little girl’s disappearance.

He also spoke about the difficulties of searching through the rugged terrain surrounding April’s home town of Machynlleth in mid Wales.

“Police searches have continued in and around Machynlleth and will continue tonight, regardless of the weather,” he added.

“We are having to search through difficult terrain in urban and rural environments, in demanding weather conditions we have experienced. The forecast for tonight is not good but we will continue this.”

Earlier, April’s sister made an emotional appeal for her safe return, saying: “I just want our beautiful princess home now. It’s been too long.”

Jasmine, 16, begged for her sister to come home as the massive police hunt involving helicopters, mountain rescue teams, coastguard vessels, and marine units continued.

She wrote on her Facebook page: “Knowing someone knows something but won’t say it makes me feel even worse.”

It has also been revealed that April’s father Paul has a degenerative eye disease and is unable to take part in the searches.

Machynlleth Town Council have today set up an appeal fund for April and her family.

Councillor Mike Williams told Sky News: “We’ve set up the fund as a result of all the requests we’ve had – not just from the town but all across the UK.”

Police are searching the three-bedroom cottage, outbuildings, and garden of suspect Mark Bridger, in the hamlet of Ceinws.

They are also launching a major search of the nearby Dyfi river, involving dog handlers.

Activity at Mr Bridger’s white farmhouse intensified as officers were given until 5pm tomorrow to question the 46-year-old. Officers have also searched a guesthouse where Mr Bridger is understood to have worked recently.

April’s family have launched a pink ribbon campaign to support the hunt and revealed that the little girl was suffering from cerebral palsy.

She has been missing since around 7pm on Monday when she vanished while playing with friends near her home on the Bryn-y-Gog estate.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw Mr Bridger or his blue Land Rover Discovery, registration number L503 MEP, in the hours between April’s disappearance and his arrest at 3.30pm on Tuesday.

Estate agents J H Jones in Machynlleth say his farmhouse, called Mount Pleasant, was sold by them last year. It was on the market for £170,000.

Neighbour Vivian Williams Jones, 68, said it had been empty for several years before Mr Bridger rented it out about a month ago.

“It was eventually sold to someone from London who bought it as a holiday home and never came down here,” he told Wales Online.

“I saw him about a month ago and he said that it was just too far for him and he was giving it the once-over before renting it out. I can’t say I’d ever seen him (Mr Bridger), apart from moving about inside.”

Meanwhile, people are being urged to fix a pink ribbon to their front doors or gates, or to a wear a pink ribbon, in support of the search. The five-year-old’s godmother Mair Raftree, 41, said pink was April’s favourite colour.

Prime Minister David Cameron joined police in urging anyone with information about the whereabouts of the “lovely girl” to speak to officers.

Anyone with information relating to the case is asked to call Child Rescue Alert Line on 0300 2000 333.

see the video at http://uk.news.yahoo.com/missing-april-jones-2-500-calls-public-164416834.html

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