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'He'll never tell us where our April is now, he's just evil'

THE parents of five-year-old April Jones have spoken of their fear that killer Mark Bridger may never reveal where their daughter's body is.

Bridger (47) kidnapped April before sexually abusing her, murdering her and then disposing of her body last October.

Paul and Coral Jones said there is "no way" Bridger will tell them where their daughter is – and they will not give him the satisfaction of asking.

Mrs Jones said: "It's the not knowing that's the hardest part. It's my worst nightmare come true. We haven't got a body to give April a proper burial and that breaks my heart.

"Lots of people have questioned him, but he's refused to tell us all along. If he's lied to police, barristers, the judge, there's no way he will tell me where my little girl is."

Police believe Bridger dismembered April's body before dumping the body parts at various locations in the hills, rivers and forests surrounding his home in mid-Wales after traces of her blood were found all over his rented cottage, along with bone fragments.

The couple hope the coroner will give them the bone pieces in order to carry out a symbolic funeral, it was reported.

Mr Jones said: "It's all we've got and it's looking like all we'll ever get. It's so, so hard. It was just a sexual fantasy for him at the end of the day, and our April paid for it with her life."


Mrs Jones said: "He's put a hole in our heart. He ripped a happy family apart. He's evil."

Bridger, a former slaughterhouse worker, was given a whole life sentence after he was convicted by a jury at Mold Crown Court of April's abduction and murder and perverting the course of justice by unlawfully disposing, destroying or concealing her body.

April had been playing with friends close to her home when Bridger enticed her into his car.

Officers found numerous indecent images on his computer, as well as pictures of young female murder victims, including Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.

Bridger had images of local young Machynlleth girls, including April and her half-sisters.

On the day April was abducted, Bridger had viewed online photographs of a young girl and a pornographic cartoon depicting the apparent rape of a physically restrained and visibly distressed girl.

The same day, his girlfriend had finished with him and he had tried to ask three different women out on Facebook.