BBC reports: Police have given more details of the scale of the search for missing April Jones in mid Wales.
Police have given more details of the scale of the search for missing April Jones in mid Wales.
Earlier Coral Jones made an emotional appeal for help tracing her daughter missing from near her home in Machynlleth at 19:00 BST on Monday.
Police are continuing to interview Mark Bridger arrested on Tuesday afternoon.
Det Supt Reg Bevan, who is leading the inquiry, said they had received over 400 calls from member of public since his earlier appeal for information on the whereabouts of Mark Bridger between Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon.
“We are actively working through that information,” he said.
He went on to say: “We are focusing on over 20 scenes. We have searched several of them in the Machynlleth area. These searches are continuing.
Supt Ian John said over 100 mountain resuce volunteers, over 100 specialist search officers from around Wales, 20 dog handlers along with two RNLI vessels, kayakers and the Dyfed-Powys marine unit had been drafted into the search.
Three leading experts from the Police National Search Centre were also advising the force.
“Over the next 24 hours we have plans for more specific search officers to search for April,” he said.
“There’s no way we are scaling back our search and we remain focused until we find April.”
When asked about Mr Bridger, Det Supt Bevan: “We have interviewed Mark Bridger. He has been interviewed twice.
“Clearly our focus is to find April. That’s primarily what we have been discussing with him.”
Earlier on Wednesday, April’s mother Coral Jones broke down in tears as she appealed for information.
“It’s been 36 hours since April was taken from us and there must be someone out there who knows where she is and can help the police find her,” she said.
“We are desperate for any news. April is only five years old – please, please help find her.”
Det Supt Reg Bevan repeated his appeal for anyone who saw seen Mr Bridger or his blue Land Rover Discovery between 17:00 BST on Monday and 15:30 BST on Tuesday to contact police.
“Do you know Mark Bridger and did you see him during that period Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon?” he said.
“Do not assume somebody else has already contacted us with information. Even if you feel yours is trivial, it might be the vital piece that we need.
Coral Jones: “We are desperate for any news. April is only five years old”
Det Supt Bevan had revealed that Mr Bridger was wearing a camouflage green jacket and black waterproof over trousers when he was arrested.
He showed pictures of Mr Bridger and of his blue Land Rover Discovery, registration number L503MEP, and asked for anyone who had seen it to get in touch.
“The Land Rover Discovery was recovered from a repair garage in the Old Station Road area of Machynlleth on Tuesday afternoon,” he said.
Despite asking volunteers to stand down from the search process earlier on Wednesday, police asked some of the local volunteer search teams to rejoin the hunt for April.
Hundreds of volunteers from across the country joined the search on Tuesday and those arriving at Machynlleth leisure centre early on Wednesday were turned away.
An area close to where Mr Bridger was arrested on Tuesday afternoon – the A487 main road north out of Machynlleth. – remains closed in both directions for 12 miles.
Dyfed-Powys Police have asked anyone with information to contact a dedicated hotline on 0300 2000 333.