The horrific murder case of April Jones shocked the nation in 2012 after the five-year-old was abducted while playing near her home in Machynlleth, Wales.
The case prompted one of the most intensive police searches in British history, and it is set to be unravelled once again in Channel 5 documentary, April Jones: The Murder Tapes tonight (August 16).
The five-year-old vanished after she was seen getting into a vehicle near her home on October 1, 2012, with national and local press covering her disappearance and the appeal to find her.
April's mother Coral made an emotional public appeal for information about the youngster, which then led prime minister at the time David Cameron to also issue an appeal to find April.
A search operation was launched in the area near her home, including police and search and rescue teams.
The day after the five-year-old vanished, Mark Bridger was arrested as he was found to match the description of the man in the vehicle that April had got into.
But what happened to Mark Bridger and where is he now?
Here's everything you need to know.
What happened to Mark Bridger?
Mark Bridger was born in Carshalton, London, and before his arrest during the murder case of April, he had often dabbled in a life of crime.
When Bridger was 19, he was convicted of firearms offences and theft before moving to Wales.
There he was convicted of affray, criminal damage and driving without insurance in 1991.
Since his initial crimes, he was then convicted for driving while disqualified and without licence, and then found guilty of battery and threatening behaviour.
Following the former abattoir worker's arrest during the abduction case of April Jones in 2012, Bridger was charged with child abduction, murder and attempting to pervert the course of justice, before being additionally charged with unlawful concealment and disposal of a body.
On January 14, 2013, Bridger pleaded not guilty but accepted he was "probably responsible" for her death.
On April 29, 2013, at Mold Crown Court, a forensic expert told the court that human bones and blood that matched April's DNA were found in parts of Bridger's home.
He claimed that he had accidentally run over the little girl with his car and could not remember disposing of her body due to alcohol and panic.
In May 2013, he was found guilty of abduction, murder and perverting the course of justice, and sentenced to life in prison.
April's body has never been found.
Where is Mark Bridger now?
After Bridger was found guilty of the murder of April Jones, it was reported that he had confessed to a Strangeway's prison chaplain that he had disposed of the five-year-old's body in the Afon Dulas river near his former home.
The Dyfed-Powys Police stated at the time that they did not believe Bridger's claims and that they believe that he scattered April's remains across the countryside near his house.
It was last reported that Bridger had been moved to HMP Wakefield, one of Britain's most notorious prisons.
He has been defined as a Category A prisoner – the most dangerous in the country – and now lives alongside the likes of Roy Whiting, who murdered Sarah Payne, and Milly Dowler’s killer Levi Bellfield.
Bridger was attacked by a fellow Wakefield prisoner with an improvised shank in July 2013, resulting in facial and throat injuries.
In December of the same year, Bridger launched an appeal against his sentence, but dropped the appeal a month later, just days before the hearing.
April Jones: The Murder Tapes will be available to watch on Channel 5 tonight at 11.05pm.
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