An overnight search involving 40 officers, dog handlers and mountain rescue teams has failed to find April Jones, police have said.
The five-year-old was abducted from near her mid-Wales home at around 7pm on Monday and hundreds of people have joined the search for the missing youngster.
Superintendent Ian John of Dyfed Powys Police warned of the "challenging conditions" facing search and rescue teams and asked members of the public to leave the search to "members of our trained and skilled teams".
Police so far have refused to confirm the name of a 46-year-old man who remains in police custody after being arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of abduction.
Local sources have named him as Mark Bridger. He is apparently known to April's mother and father.
On Tuesday night, in a statement her family said they had been left "shattered" by the abduction.