April’s family: “We are devastated and our lives have stopped”

THE FAMILY of missing April Jones, five, from Machynlleth this evening released a statement asking for her safe return.

In a press conference at 9.30pm, a police spokesperson confirmed that a 46 year old local man remains in custody in Aberystwyth in relation to the abduction of April.

April is still missing with the police confirming that they have found no trace of her; the search will continue overnight. Specially trained search and rescue personnel from Dyfed-Powys and South Wales Police are searching key areas in the investigation. The police have thanked the local community for their hard work and request that they rest overnight and return to help tomorrow if possible.

The family statement in full reads:

“Last night our lives were shattered when our beautiful little girl April who was playing with friends was taken from us. We are devastated and our lives have stopped. Please, please, if you have our little girl let her come home to us. This is such a small close knit community and we plead with anyone who has any information, no matter how small they may think it is, please contact the police immediately. Please let us bring how our beautiful little girl.”

The police also confirmed that they had recovered a left-hand drive L-reg Land Rover Discovery from the suspect. They refused to comment on rumours that the man had been named locally as Mark Bridger. They also said that there was at present nothing to link April’s disappearance to rumours of any previous attempted abductions in the Aberystwyth area.