Residents pay tribute to missing April by releasing balloons in pink – her favourite colour

Chinese lanterns and balloons fill the sky above April Jones's hometown

Hundreds of pink balloons and Chinese lanterns were released by locals in missing five-year-old April Jones’s home town last night.

Well-wishers in Machynlleth made the tribute after the girl’s parents asked for her to be remembered.

Blackpool Tower was also lit up in pink, her favourite colour.

April’s parents Coral and Paul Jones are believed to have released their own lantern from their garden in the Welsh town.

This came hours after Mark Bridger appeared at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court charged with abducting and murdering April as well as the unlawful disposal and concealment of her body with intent to pervert the course of justice.

He is due in Crown Court tomorrow.

Police and volunteers are still searching for April, but the police officer in charge of leading the search for her has now admitted his force may never find her.

Superintendent Ian John said: ‘We have to prepare for the time when we accept that we might never find April.

‘But we are optimistic that the work we are doing is going to give us the best possible chance.’

There is no official cut-off point for the hunt.

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