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April Jones Missing : Prayers In Machynlleth Mark A Month Since Disappearance (PICTURES)

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Private prayers are being said across a Welsh close-knit community, a month after the devastating 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.

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People wore pink to a special church service for April

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.

While significant resources continue to be allocated to the search for April, the emotional investment in the hunt is also huge.

Hundreds of local people turned out to search for the primary schoolgirl within hours of news of her abduction becoming public.

Strong community support for grieving parents Coral and Paul Jones has been unwavering in the month since she vanished.

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.

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April Jones went missing on October 1

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.

Bridger sobbed when he later appeared at Aberystwyth Magistrates Court for the first time, one week after April's abduction.

Anguish at the struggle for progress in finding a child's body in the sprawling terrain around Machynlleth remains an open wound in the community.

Symbolic gestures of solidarity with April's family and the search teams have peppered the last month as hope has dwindled.

Ribbons in April's favourite colour of pink went up around the town within minutes of the family calling for the gesture of hope.

They spread across Wales and the UK and further afield as the plight of the devastated family touched hearts around the world.

Hundreds took part in a procession from April's home to the town's St Peter's Church for a special service on the first Sunday after she went missing.

Chinese lanterns were released across Machynlleth the day after to mark the one week anniversary of her disappearance.

Last week Machynlleth's historic town clock was bathed in pink light to mark the tragic three week anniversary.

Community gestures to mark the passing of one month since the devastating abduction will be more private than public.

While nobody in Machynlleth will be unaware of the significance of the day, many will mark it by a thought or prayer for the family.

Further afield in Carmarthen, the town's landmark county hall building will be bathed a bright shade of pink.

Council leader Kevin Madge explained: "We in Carmarthenshire feel quite helpless but want to demonstrate openly that our thoughts and prayers are with April's family and the community of Machynlleth."

Life began to return to normal on Saturday when Eisteddfod Powys, a two-day Welsh language cultural event, was held in the town.

Glyn Davies, the Conservative MP for Montgomeryshire, walked in the crowd at the opening procession through the town.

He spoke for many when he went on to tweet: "Poignant. Evil happens. Good wins if we move on but not forget."

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