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April Jones: Police Promise To Keep Up Search
The search for missing April Jones has entered its second week, with police vowing to continue their hunt for as long as it takes.
On the eighth day of the operation, 18 specialist units, with about 100 officers, continued to focus their efforts on the five-year-old's home town of Machynlleth and around the River Dyfi.
Police are also sifting through information they have gathered from stopping motorists on road checkpoints in the area.
Dyfed-Powys Police Superintendent Ian John, the head of the investigation, has promised officers will continue the search for the little girl for as long as they have to.
Mountain rescue teams are also involved, with Mountain Rescue England and Wales revealing that volunteers have spent 9,250 hours looking for April over the last week - equivalent to one person working for more than five years.
Last night, Chinese lanterns were released into the sky at around the time April disappeared a week ago in a poignant tribute.
Her parents Paul and Coral Jones let go of their own lantern from their garden in the Bryn-y-Gog estate in Machynlleth.
A few hundred well-wishers gathered to light candles and release the symbolic glowing lights at around 7pm.
Sky's Lisa Dowd described the hope that remained in the community.
"It felt like a family event. Yes there were some tears but you could also hear laughter as well and Coral, April's mum, said she was really pleased to see children out and about on the streets again, playing as they should be," she said.
Meanwhile, Mark Bridger, who has been charged with April's murder, is due to appear via videolink on Wednesday at Caernarfon Crown Court.
The former lifeguard attended Aberystwyth Magistrates' Court on Monday. A police van carrying him was attacked and he was sworn at by an angry crowd as he arrived and departed.
The 46-year-old appeared on the verge of tears in the dock as he was remanded for the alleged murder and abduction of the schoolgirl.
He also faces charges of unlawfully disposing of and concealing her body with intent to pervert the course of justice.
April, who has cerebral palsy, was last seen near her home on the evening of Monday October 1.
Bridger was arrested the following day, but the search for April's body goes on.