The family of April Jones have remembered the “cheeky” and “loving” five-year-old in a heartbreaking tribute on what would have been her 14th birthday.
Now, in a tribute on Facebook, they say it’s been 3,107 days without her and that this Easter Sunday should have marked her 14th birthday.
April was snatched as she played outside her home and killed by evil paedophile Mark Bridger on October 1, 2012.
Her disappearance shook the nation and sparked the biggest search in British policing history.
The five-year-old’s body was never recovered and Bridger, 55, lied that he couldn’t remember what happened.
But officers found forensic evidence, including fragments of April’s skull in the fireplace of his rented cottage in Ceinws, Wales, near her home in Machynlleth, NorthWalesLive reports.
Bridger will never be freed from jail after being sentenced to a whole-life tariff for the abduction and killing.
April’s devastated family are still dealing with the trauma and were hit by a fresh tragedy after her dad Paul developed a rare brain illness.
Despite the heartache the brave family honoured April in a beautiful message remembering her “cheekiest and purest smile”.
They said: “Today it is your birthday, you should have been turning 14 years old and despite a pandemic and being locked down I’m sure you’d have had a lovely day.
“Instead you spent just 2,007 days on this Earth, you will be forever 5 years old with the cheekiest and purest smile.
“You’ll be remembered for your ability to ride a bike at such a young age, your love for animals and the outdoors.
“You’ll be remembered for your love for your mummy, daddy and siblings and how you ruled the roost and had a wee cheeky nature despite being loving and kind.
“We will think of you every time we see the colour pink and rainbows in the sky, we will think of you and remember you always.”
In February 2018, the family revealed their fresh heartache after dad Paul Jones was struck by a rare brain disease leaving him unable to remember the murder.
Wife Coral told the Mirror how Paul could not understand why April had not visited him in hospital – and broke down in tears when he found out she had been killed.