October 6, 2012
Our thoughts are very much with April’s family, friends and those who know her today.
The last few days has seen us deal with one of the most complex and fast moving enquiries in the history of our Force and one our communities have never had to face before. It has been marked by the coming together of people from across the country with one aim in mind, to return April to her family.
The community of Machynlleth and the surrounding areas turned out in force using social networks to get the message out and appeal for April’s safe return. To see so many people give up their time freely was truly humbling for everyone involved.
I would like to pay tribute to the tremendous effort that has gone into trying to find April Jones this week. I have spent time with the family, and they are overwhelmed with the number of people who wanted to help in any way they possibly could.
The search teams have faced an enormous challenge with the hostile terrain, the adverse weather and the logistics of searching such a beautiful but remote landscape. Everyone was working toward the same goal – to find April safe and well and reunite her with her family.
I would like to express my gratitude to the volunteers from the community and those who have worked and provided support behind the scenes, the agencies who have taken part, expert advisers, all of my staff and staff from forces all over the UK, there are far too many to mention here today. Finally my thanks to you, the media for the way you have supported this inquiry.
People have worked around the clock to search for April, to investigate the crime and to keep her disappearance in the public eye.
Now that Mark Bridger has been charged with this horrific crime it is time to let the judicial process take its course and time to let the family come to terms with what has happened over the last week. In the meantime our efforts to find April will be as meticulous as they have been from the outset of this enquiry until we have exhausted all available options.