Parents of missing April Jones thank public for support
The parents of missing girl April Jones have thanked the public for their support, four weeks' on from the five-year-old's disappearance from Machynlleth in mid Wales.
Coral and Paul Jones also said in a statement said they were "extremely grateful" that so many search teams are out there every day looking for their "beautiful daughter."
"It is four weeks since April was taken from us, as a family we are obviously devastated and our lives have been torn apart.
"Since October 1 we have received messages, flowers and cards from across not only the UK but the world and we have taken comfort knowing that people are thinking of April and us. Thank you for all your kind words and sentiments."
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Mark Bridger, 46, has been charged with April's abduction and murder and is due to appear in court in January.
Dyfed Powys Police continue to co-ordinate the search for the missing five-year-old, who was last seen getting into a vehicle near her home in the Bryn-y-Gog estate, and have vowed to search on into 2013 if necessary.
Mr and Mrs Jones said: "We have been continually updated about the investigation and the search for April. We are overwhelmed by the massive amount of resources being used and we are extremely grateful that so many search teams are still out there, every day, looking for our beautiful daughter.
Machynlleth town hall clock tower was lit up pink to pay tribute to April. It marked three weeks to the day since she went missing from her home.
Mr and Mrs Jones added: "We have been supported by our family, friends and neighbours over the past four weeks and it has been their love and support that has helped us get through each day.
"We have taken great strength from the procession through the town to the church and the lighting up of the town clock in pink, April’s favourite colour.
"With the help of our family liaison officers, local police officers and friends we were able to participate in both events.
"We avoided media attention because we simply wanted to be part of the community without drawing attention away from the events themselves.
"Thank you to every single person who attended each event and made them so special."