Update: Appeal to trace missing five year old girl
Issued on behalf of Dyfed-Powys Police:
Arrest made in missing person investigation
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 17:00hrs
Police are continuing their investigations to find April, however, within the last hour we have arrested a 46 year old male from the Machynlleth area, who is being detained at Aberystwyth Police Station.
Det Supt Reg Bevan said, “We made the arrest just outside Machynlleth and we are hopeful that this individual will assist us in locating April who is still missing. We are still pursuing all lines of enquiry with a view that April is still alive and will continue to do so until we find her.
“For obvious reasons I am not able to provide you with the details of the person who is assisting us with our enquiries.
Supt Ian John added
“We are continuing with the searches and can I ask everyone who has already looked in their sheds, outbuildings to do so once more, we still have a missing five year old.
“Searches this afternoon included the use of specialist teams, police dogs and the force helicopter. We had tremendous support from North Wales Police, British Transport Police and Mountain Rescue support. We have received offers of support from forces throughout the country to assist in the search, for which we are extremely grateful. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the community of Machynlleth and the surrounding area who have joined in the searches. We needed to ensure the searches were coordinated and managed so we maximised their effectiveness.”
Missing Girl in Machynlleth
Tuesday October 2nd 2012
Statement from Det Superintendent Reg Bevan:
“It is still early days in the investigation and we are still speaking to witnesses to gather as much info as possible. These witnesses are children and speaking with them is a delicate and time consuming process.
“I would like to return to the description of the vehicle, and I am mindful that we are still in the process of speaking to these children, so I am anxious that we only provided as accurate information as possible.
“What the witnesses have told is that the vehicle looks like a van, they describe it as small at the front and large at the back, so it could be interrupted that this could be something similar to a Ford Connect type van or a Landrover.
“Furthermore April has been described as getting into the driver’s side of the vehicle. This may be because she got in with the driver or that it is left hand drive vehicle.
“We still believe that the van is grey or light coloured, but again these things can be affected by failing light and street lamps.
“We are following expert advice and research which says that in situations like this you concentrate your searches in the immediate area and then widen it out. This is what we are doing.
“If you were in the area of Bryn y Gôg yesterday evening at around 7pm or you recognise the additional information about the van we have provided please call the incident room on 0300 2000 333. And please get in touch if you have any footage which may assist in our inquiries. If any pieces of information trigger something please get in touch. ”
Release date: 02/10/2012 17:45
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