Missing five-year-old April Jones is seen in this undated photograph released by Dyfed-Powys Police in Carmarthen, Mid Wales. - Reuters
Chinese lanterns have been released into the sky in tribute to the five-year-old April Jones who has been missing for over a week.
Many of the residents of Machynlleth, where April lived, were in tears as the lanterns were released.
April's parents Coral and Paul Jones also released a lantern into the sky as a tribute to their daughter.
Dozens of lanterns were accompanied by pink balloons, said to be April's favourite colour.
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Scores of people from nearby towns and villages joined in paying tributes to the missing five-year-old. Many residents are still hopeful of finding April.
One of the volunteers searching for the girl, Andrew Roberts-Evans, described the scene as "the most heartbreaking situation that I have ever experienced in my life," according to WalesOnline.
Roberts-Evans said: "I couldn't go to bed that night so I went straight to Machynlleth and the leisure centre. The community really pulled together even though all we knew was that we were looking for a five-year-old girl. The past week has been torment for everyone involved but the message tonight was that we are all still together."
The mayor of Machynlleth, Gareth Jones, said: "The family are releasing a lantern as a symbol of April and I, like the rest of Machynlleth are very supportive of it."
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