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A month on... where is little April's body?

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

More than 40,000 man hours spent in a meticulous search for the missing girl 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, 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.







Grieving

While significant resources continue to be allocated, 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 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.

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 April's murder.

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