What happened to April Jones? The Murder of April Jones reveals the truth about the shocking crime

Who killed April Jones and where is her body?


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The Murder of April Jones: Five Years On airs tonight on Channel 5 at 9pm.

The disappearance of April Jones was a story that gripped and then shocked the nation. Five-year-old April vanished near her home in the quiet Welsh town of Machynlleth in 2012. Her disappearance horrified the tight-knit local community and sparked the largest missing persons search in British police history.

Five years on, Channel 5 attempts to find out what happened to the key characters in one of Britain’s most heart-breaking crimes, and what happened to the family she left behind and the community shattered by her loss.

This new documentary examines April’s murder and why those closest to her are still fighting to prevent a tragedy like this happening again.

It features interviews with April’s mother and sister, as well as the friends and neighbours who searched in vain for April, while charting the movements of her killer Mark Bridger in the build-up to his horrendous crime, and the repercussions for the community. It also reveals how her family began to rebuild their lives and now fight for April’s Law.

April’s mother, Coral, still has one unanswered question, five years on: where is April’s body?

The killer Mark Bridger claims that he panicked so much, he has no recollection of that he did with April’s body.

"I Don’t think we’ll ever know where the rest of April is. I’d like to know, I’d like one day that he’d – hope you know he’d have the heart somewhere to tell us," Coral admits.

April’s sister, Jazmin (who was 16 at the time of the abduction and murder), admits she felt guilt over what had happened – and turned to drink to cope.

She candidly confesses: “You lock yourself in your mind and it’s not a nice place to be. It’s a horrible place to be. There’s always guilt flying around that as a big sister you should protect your younger sibling and there’s always the guilt that you should have been there to do more..I did for a long time wish it was me rather than April…”

Meanwhile, Coral and Jazmin fight to get “April’s Law” on the statute book. “April’s Law” – which has been debated in Parliament and for which Coral met the then-Prime Minister David Cameron – would require all sex offenders remain on the register for life no matter the crime, for service providers and search engines to be better policed regarding child abuse images and harder sentences on those caught with indecent images of children.

The Murder of April Jones: Five Years On airs tonight on Channel 5 at 9pm.

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