20/12/2012 10:58 GMT | Updated 30/05/2013 09:17 BST

April Jones News: Christmas Picture Of Missing Toddler Released As Family Implores 'Please Come Home' (PICTURES)

The family of April Jones has released a picture of the missing toddler in front of last year's Christmas tree, along with a heartfelt plea for her return.

Mother Coral told The Sun: "It's so hard, you not here. Please come home."

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

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Missing April Jones, pictured in front of a Christmas tree, in 2011

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 1 October

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

One week after April's abduction, Bridger appeared at Aberystwyth Magistrates Court and was remanded in custody.

Earlier this month, Superintendent Ian John of Dyfed-Powys police read out a statement on behalf of April's family.

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A message from April's mother Coral thanked supporters and wished everyone a 'peaceful' Christmas

It said: “We know it's a good news story but it is our life.

“We are coming to terms with the fact that our baby girl has been taken from us."

It also gave thanks for the continuing messages of support the family was receiving from across the UK and wished everyone a peaceful Christmas.

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