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April Jones News: New Pictures Of Five-Year-Old Posted On Facebook

11/20/2012 12:08 pm 12:08:35 | Updated 20 November 2012

New photographs of missing five-year-old April Jones have been released by her relatives and friends.

The snaps, posted on Facebook, show the little girl at the beach on a sunny day, sitting in the sea and standing in a garden.

They are certain to keep her in the public eye, more than six weeks after she went missing. On Sunday the public were invited to release pink balloons into the air.

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New images of April Jones have been published on Facebook

April, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was abducted from Machynlleth town's Bryn-y-Gog estate on October 1.

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.

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April went missing on October 1

He was later charged with the abduction and murder of April and perverting the course of justice by disposing of her body.

Bridger 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.

Last week Superintendent Ian John, who is leading the search, told Wales Online specialist teams are now focusing on Dyfi Forest.

"We’ve still got a number of search areas to investigate but at the moment teams are primarily working in the Dyfi Forest. We are not searching the river actively now, the coastguard have stopped doing that, they have adequately searched the water as much as they can.

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Local man Mark Bridger has been charged with the abduction and murder of April

"Instead, it’s primarily the woodland areas, the old slate quarries and the fields which are the main focus of the operation now."

In a letter to Mountain Rescue England and Wales, the Duke of Cambridge thanked the rescuers who turned out in Machynlleth, the BBC reports.

"This was as evident as ever in the recent search for little April Jones, who was so awfully taken away from her family.

"I know that you did everything in your power to find her."

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