Missing five-year-old Welsh girl April Jones feared to be abducted
Police suspect that April Jones, aged 5, has been abducted and new information from witnesses has emerged...
16:15 02 October 2012
A girl from Wales, who is five years old, has gone missing on Monday night and now there are witnesses who claim April Jones was last spotted getting in to a grey or light-coloured van. April is thought to have disappeared near her home in Machynlleth early Monday evening.
Police are treating the case as being suspected abduction. Detective Superintendent Reg Bevan told reporters on Tuesday that – as stated by The Independent – April was seen climbing in to a vehicle similar to a Land Rover, by another child.
He also told the BBC: “We're liaising with our colleagues, neighbouring forces, [getting] specialist advice.
“We've got specially trained family liaison officers supporting April's family.”
Following the initial news, which was also spread across social network sites, hundreds of locals helped search for April on Monday night. According to the BBC, the town councillor of Machynlleth, Michael Williams, also helped with the hunt for the child.
In a statement issued by Dyfed Powys Police, April is confirmed to have been wearing a purple knee-length coat, which had fur around the hood, a white polo t-shirt and also black trousers.
A spokesperson has said: “Her abduction took place around 7pm in the Bryn Y Gog estate in Machynlleth. It was witnessed by another young child when April was seen getting into a grey or light-coloured van, or van-sized vehicle.
“While the details of what happened are vague at the current time, it appears the suspect left the scene and drove off with April.
She added: “Many police officers and specialist teams have worked through the night, with extensive searches taking place, and many lines of inquiry are being pursued.”
It is understood that police blocked off the area where April disappeared from, and vehicle checks are thought to be being conducted in the Dyfi Valley town.
Authorities are urging anyone with information on April’s disappearance to contact the following number; 0300 2000 333