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April Jones's mother, Coral, to speak at carol service

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Image caption The body of April Jones has not been found despite one of the largest police searches in UK history

The mother of murdered schoolgirl April Jones will pay tribute to her daughter at a Christmas carol service for families of other missing people.

Coral Jones, 43, is to speak at an event in Cardiff organised by the charity Missing People.

April Jones, five, was abducted and murdered by Mark Bridger, 48, as she played with friends near her home in Machynlleth, Powys, on 1 October 2012.

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Image caption Coral Jones is to speak at an event for the families of missing people

Despite one of the UK's largest police searches, her body has not been found.

However, blood and fragments of bone consistent with a young human skull were found at the house Bridger rented.

Police believe he dismembered the girl and dumped her body parts at locations in the hills, rivers and forests surrounding the house.

The property has since been bought by the Welsh government and will be knocked down.

Bridger's trial at Mold Crown Court in May 2013 heard he had killed April in a sexually motivated attack.

The jury unanimously convicted him in a case lasting four-and-a-half weeks.

The trial judge branded him a "pathological liar" and "a paedophile" before giving him a whole-life jail term.

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