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British Police: Our Toughest Cases, which airs on Quest Red at 10pm on Saturday, will delve into the shocking case which initiated the biggest police search the UK had ever seen.
On October 1st 2012, young April disappeared while playing with friends in the small Welsh village of Machynlleth. Eyewitnesses say they saw April willingly get into a car which then drove off.
Police were alerted to the case after receiving a frantic call from her mother, saying she'd been kidnapped.
Soon, 150 police officers joined the search for April - the biggest the country had ever seen. Police chased a description of a man in a grey van who had last been seen with April from a seven-year-old eye witness.
Eventually, police gained enough evidence to bring in their main suspect: 46-year-old local man Mark Bridger. He quickly told detectives April was dead, but said he had run her over by accident and driven off with her before losing his memory.
However, evidence piled up against Bridger, who police were convinced abducted April and murdered her in his home in the village.
In the documentary, April's sister Jazmin Jones recalls how she received a Facebook message from Mark Bridger months before.
"I remember being sat in the living room on the laptop and a message popped up on Facebook," she says. "And I was like 'Dad, who is this?' He explained who he was, but why is he adding me on Facebook? So I deleted him and that was that."
DSI Andy John reveals how Bridger tried to deceive the police by faking emotion and upset as he was interviewed for over 18 hours for April's murder.
"The emotions that he was showing didn't seem to be true emotions by any stretch of the imagination. He was somebody who was clearly a fantasist and certainly a liar," he says.
Mark Bridger was sentenced to a life in prison for the murder and abduction of April Jones, as well as perverting the course of justice by not telling police where her body was.
British Police: Our Toughest Cases airs Saturdays at 10pm on Quest Red.
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