Around 7pm on Monday October 1, 2012, 5-year-old April Jones was abducted. The rollercoaster week has seen one of the largest searches undertaken. It has been the scale of effort by ordinary people, especially locals, that has been astounding.
April has not been found but the police team involved in the investigation now believe that April is dead. The man charged with her abduction and murder is 46-year-old Mark Bridger. Police have stressed that they have ample evidence to assume this and charge Bridger.
He was arrested early in the investigation and has remained in police custody. It was an unusual step for the police to name Mark early in the investigation but they obviously felt that it was a necessary step. You have to hope that the Police have this one right.
Today Sunday October 7, 2012, at 11am a special remembrance service will be held at St Peter's Church in Machynlleth. It will honour little April. Hundreds of people are expected to attend and the event will be shown on SkyNews in the UK. It may seem inappropriate to some but for local people, especially children, it may help with their pain. April lived in a small close knit community.
Prayers will be led by the Bishop of Bangor, the Right Reverend Andrew John but people of all faiths are welcome to attend. In times of sorrow people turn to their faith. It can bring them strength. For this blogger it always raises the question ofo if their is a God why does he allow such things to happen.
Police are continuing the search for April. Police numbers could be increased next week. It is important for her loved ones, local people and the man accused of her murder that she is found. It may offer some closure and answer the question, what happened to April. RIP and thoughts with the family.