Missing April Jones: Photo of suspect Mark Bridger released
Detectives investigating the disappearance of five-year-old April Jones this morning confirmed they arrested Mark Leonard Bridger and released an image of his Land Rover Discovery.
April was last seen by another child getting into a van at around 7pm on Monday night from Bryn y Gog estate in Machynlleth, mid Wales.
The 46-year-old was arrested on foot at around 3.30pm on Tuesday, just north of the Dyfi Bridge on the on the A487, walking in the direction of Machynlleth.
His vehicle was recovered from a repair garage in the old Station Road area of Machynlleth on Tuesday afternoon. The registration number is L503 MEP.
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"We would appeal to anyone who may have seen him, or his vehicle, in the last few days," said Detective Superintendent Reg Bevan, from Dyfed Powys Police.
"We're in the process of piecing together his movements, and that of the vehicle, from around 5pm on Monday evening, through to 3.30pm Tuesday afternoon, when Mark Bridger was arrested.
"He was wearing a camouflage green jacket, black waterproof over-trousers, and camouflage trousers beneath those.
"We are pursuing a number of lines or in, and one of which is Mark Bridger."
Mr Bevan issued an appeal for the public to think back to whether they saw Mark Bridger or the vehicle between 5pm on Monday and 3.30pm on Tuesday.
"If you did, please don't assume that someone else has already contacted us," police told a press conference at just after 10.30am.
Even the smallest piece of information could be "crucial" police stress.
The devastated mother of April made an emotional appeal for help at a press conference this afternoon.
Coral Jones, who was accompanied by her stepfather Dai Smith, said: "It has been 36 hours since our April was taken from us.
"There must be someone out there who knows where she is and can help the police find her.
"We are desperate for any news. April is only five years old.
"Please, please help us find her."
Overnight search efforts failed to find the five-year-old, and Dyfed-Powys Police today urged volunteers to leave efforts to skilled teams.
At an earlier press conference, Superintendent Ian John said: “I need people to know it is a rural environment, very challenging conditions out there.
“The River Dyfi is in flood and we really do need to manage the risk of everybody there, not only the police officers, the mountain rescue team, but we are extremely concerned about large numbers of members of the public going into what I have said are very challenging conditions.
“So what I am asking really is, notwithstanding the great support and the commitment that people want to show in helping us to find April, can we please leave this now to the trained and skilled people that we have.
“I don’t want those officers to be distracted by the well-intentioned and enthusiastic support.”
Police are urging anyone with information to call police on 101 or the the Child Rescue Alert helpline on 0300 2000 333.