Sister of April Jones reveals moment she first saw sibling's empty bed

Sister of tragic five-year-old April Jones tells of haunting moment she saw sibling’s empty bed on night she was abducted and killed by paedophile Mark Bridger

  • Jazmin Jones lived at the family home with her sister in Machynlleth, Wales
  • April had been playing yards from her front door before clambering into a car
  • Mark Bridger, 46, was later found guilty of abduction, murder and perverting the course of justice at Mold Crown Court in 2013 and received a life sentence 

Jazmin Jones (pictured), the older sister of April, has spoken out about her sibling’s death

The older sister of April Jones has spoken out about the haunting moment she saw her sibling’s empty bed on the night she was abducted and killed by paedophile Mark Bridger.

Jazmin Jones lived at the family home in Machynlleth, Wales, when her five-year-old sister April disappeared on October 1, 2012.

The tot had been playing just yards from her front door when she was seen clambering into a car. 

More than 150 police officers were deployed to join the overnight hunt for the little girl in what became one of the biggest searches ever undertaken by British police.

But in a new documentary, April’s older sister, who was 16 at the time, recalled the first night that she slept alone in the bedroom the siblings had shared. 

‘Walking in the room and seeing her bed, her teddies and her school stuff, you kind of feel empty because you’re walking into the bedroom knowing she should be there in bed and knowing I should being saying goodnight and putting the cover on.

‘It was really, really hard and it was heartbreaking and emotional and sad.

Five-year-old April (pictured) disappeared on October 1, 2012. She had been playing just yards from her front door before being seen clambering into a car

‘So many emotions running into one. It was difficult,’ she said speaking in the Quest Red documentary British Police: Our Toughest Cases.

Mark Bridger, a former slaughterhouse worker who lived nearby, was arrested the next day despite police not being able to find April’s body.

Bridger said during 18 hours of interviews by investigators that he had hit the five-year-old with his car while driving drunk but had panicked and could not remember where he had dumped her body. 

Mark Bridger (pictured) received a life sentence after being found guilty of abduction, murder and perverting the course of justice

But officers later discovered a collection of child abuse images and videos on his computer as the documentary reveals the 46-year-old’s ‘unhealthy interest’ in children.

Jazmin also reveals in the 60-minute episode that Bridger had in fact added her on Facebook a year before murdering April.

She had turned to her father to ask who Bridger was when the friend request came through before swiftly deleting it.

Detective Superintendent Andy John, who led the investigation into April’s death, also features on the programme and recalls the hunt for her killer. 

Forensic experts later discovered human bone fragments and blood that matched April’s DNA profile in Bridger’s cottage. 

He was eventually found guilty of abduction, murder and perverting the course of justice at Mold Crown Court in 2013 and received a life sentence. 

The crime series British Police: Our Toughest Cases airs on Saturdays at 10pm on Quest Red.

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