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April Jones hunt: Dyfed-Powys Police to give update

April Jones
Image caption It is 10 weeks since April Jones went missing from near her home in Machynlleth, Powys

Police are set to give an update on the search for missing five-year-old April Jones, 10 weeks after she disappeared.

Supt Ian John, who is leading the investigation for Dyfed-Powys Police, will give the latest on the hunt later on Wednesday and read a statement from April's parents.

April was last seen near her home in Machynlleth, Powys on 1 October and a man has been charged with her murder.

An extensive search has continued, but she has not yet been found.

The briefing, which will be held at Machynlleth leisure centre, comes as Google revealed that "April Jones" was the fifth most searched term on the internet during 2012 in the UK.

Her disappearance led to support for her family and the community from around the UK and the world, with hundreds of volunteers joining the search for her.

Many others helped look after those out looking for her, or donated food.

Pink star

The spirited response of the community in Machynlleth following April's disappearance was recognised by the Co-operative Group earlier this week.

The town received the Robert Owen Award for outstanding contribution to co-operation for the way it reacted in the weeks after the five-year-old went missing.

Last week an auction in aid of April's Fund raised more than £4,000, which was aided by donations from two Welsh stars, actress Catherine Zeta Jones and singer Bonnie Tyler.

All the money raised went to the fund, which has reached the £50,000 mark.

A metre-tall pink star light has also been turned on in the town to remember April. It is part of the festive street display in Machynlleth, but unlike the other Christmas lights which are turned off overnight, April's star will remain lit through the night.

  • Mark Bridger, 47, has been remanded in custody, charged with murder, child abduction and perverting the course of justice.

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