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Missing April Jones: Police Call Off Search For Five-Year-Old

22/04/2013 17:29 BST | Updated 30/05/2013 13:16 BST

Police have called off their search for five-year-old April Jones, who went missing last October and is believed to have been murdered.

April was last seen on 1 October, playing with friends on her bike near her home in Machynlleth. In spite of a huge search operation, there has been no trace of her since then.

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April Jones's disappearance sparked a huge police search operation

Her disappearance sparked an outpouring of support for April's parents, with hundreds of people joining the search for their daughter and offering assistance.

Although officers had given up hope of finding the youngster alive, specialist teams continued to search the sprawling countryside close around her hometown.

A spokesman for Dyfed Powys Police said: "Since the beginning of October, specialist officers from Dyfed Powys Police, along with other forces from across the UK, have been searching the area in and around Machynlleth for five-year-old April Jones.

"The search areas identified during the course of the investigation were completed on 19 April.

"A reactive team of specialist officers is available to respond to any new information that is received."

A local man, Mark Bridger, has been arrested for her murder and is due to stand trial next week at Mold Crown court.

The 46-year-old from Ceinws, near Machynlleth, denies murder and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

A hearing took place at the same court on Monday ahead of the trial.

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