Search for April Jones resumes
THE search has resumed for the body of missing Welsh schoolgirl April Jones.
Sixteen police search teams from forces across Britain have returned to the hills, woods and waters around Machynlleth after a Christmas break. A dozen specialist CSI sniffer dogs are also being used.
Five-year-old April vanished while playing with friends outside her home in the town on October 1.
Her disappearance prompted one of the biggest search operations in British history involving police, firefighters, mountain and cave rescue, coastguard, and RNLI, as well as a small army of volunteers.
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A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police today confirmed 16 police teams had resumed the search, each team made-up of a search leader and six officers.
Speaking before the Christmas break, Dyfed-Powys Police superintendent Ian John said: "We will keep on looking until we have satisfied ourselves that we have exhausted all viable lines of inquiry.
"We are not putting an end date on the operation and we are not prepared to speculate on how much longer it will last.
"We are committed to stay here until we are sure there are no more viable places to look for April's body."
The search has been focusing on the "massive" Dyfi forest, which stretches for miles north of Machynlleth, and the River Dyfi — which flows through the town — and its estuary.
Former lifeguard Mark Bridger, 47, has been charged with the abduction and murder of April, and the unlawfully disposing of and concealing her body with intent to pervert the course of justice.
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