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Australia The crucial details revealed by Cleo Smith's mum in first TV intreview

22:26  19 october  2021
22:26  19 october  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Cleo Smith's shell-shocked mother has revealed the four-year-old had been sleeping metres from her baby sister before she disappeared from the family's tent, as police focus on a 'worst case scenario' where the little girl was snatched in her sleep.

Ellie Smith and her partner, Jake Gliddon fronted the media for the first time on Tuesday as the fourth day of the search for little Cleo came to a close.

The four-year-old was last seen about 1:30am on Saturday near the Blowholes campsite north of Carnavon in Western Australia before she seemingly vanished.

Ms Smith said she had woken up around 6am on Sunday to find their tent zipper was nearly completely open and her four-year-old nowhere to be seen.

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She revealed Cleo had been sleeping in a separate area of the tent, with her baby sister just metres away.

Police are now focusing their efforts on investigating the 'worst case scenario' that little Cleo was abducted from the tent while her family lay sleeping, with a complex criminal investigation underway.

Police are becoming increasingly concerned that little Cleo (pictured) may have been abducted in the early hours of Saturday morning © Provided by Daily Mail Police are becoming increasingly concerned that little Cleo (pictured) may have been abducted in the early hours of Saturday morning Ellie Smith and her partner, Jake Gliddon (pictured) fronted the media for the first time on Tuesday after four-year-old Cleo (middle) went missing near the Blowholes campsite north of Carnarvon in Western Australia five days ago © Provided by Daily Mail Ellie Smith and her partner, Jake Gliddon (pictured) fronted the media for the first time on Tuesday after four-year-old Cleo (middle) went missing near the Blowholes campsite north of Carnarvon in Western Australia five days ago

Inspector Jon Munday said Cleo could 'potentially be anywhere now' given five days have passed since she was last seen.

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'We can't rule out the fact that Cleo may be still in the area, we can't rule out the fact she's left the area and if she's left the area that is probably is our worse case scenario because that really paints a sinister picture with what's happened.

'It is a race against time. We're just trying to find answers.'

The entire area has been declared a potential crime scene, with the campsite closed and investigators begging for anyone who has been in the area to come forward.

Investigators called it 'a mystery we're trying to unravel', as they revealed 'quite a lot of people' had been staying at the Blowholes campground that night.

This means it will be even more difficult to check for tyre markings on the sandy road leading up to the ground, amid reports some campers heard a car speed off around 3am on Saturday morning.

Cleo's mum explained her daughter had been inside a red and grey sleeping bag beside the cot of her younger Isla when she disappeared.

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'As we passed the (tent) divider, I went into the other room and the zipper was open,' she said. 'She was gone. The tent was completely open.'

Police have not ruled out any theories relating to her disappearance - including the possibility that she was abducted.

Ms Smith (pictured) said she woke up at 6am on Saturday to find their tent zipper was almost completely undone and her four-year-old daughter Cleo nowhere to be seen © Provided by Daily Mail Ms Smith (pictured) said she woke up at 6am on Saturday to find their tent zipper was almost completely undone and her four-year-old daughter Cleo nowhere to be seen The four-year-old was last seen by her parents (pictured with her mum Ellie and partner Jake Gliddon) about 1.30am on Saturday when she woke up and asked for a drink © Provided by Daily Mail The four-year-old was last seen by her parents (pictured with her mum Ellie and partner Jake Gliddon) about 1.30am on Saturday when she woke up and asked for a drink

They are considering the possibility that if she was kidnapped, Cleo could already have been moved interstate.

Her shattered mother said she prays her daughter is still close-by.

'We hold hope that she is still here somewhere. If I think about the idea of her being taken, a million things cross my mind,' Ms Smith said.

She said she doesn't believe Cleo left the tent on her own accord and said she would have asked for assistance unzipping her one-piece sleeping suit.

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'She's lazy when it comes to walking. She'd never leave that tent alone,' she said, adding that someone has to know where the little girl is.

The devastated mum said the first thing she said to her partner when she realised her little girl was missing was: 'Cleo's gone, Jake'.

Ms Smith (pictured) has insisted Cleo would never leave the tent on her own and said she would have asked her mum for help unzipping her one-piece sleeping suit © Provided by Daily Mail Ms Smith (pictured) has insisted Cleo would never leave the tent on her own and said she would have asked her mum for help unzipping her one-piece sleeping suit The devastated couple (pictured) have asked the public to report anything they see 'big or small' to police to help bring their beloved Cleo back home © Provided by Daily Mail The devastated couple (pictured) have asked the public to report anything they see 'big or small' to police to help bring their beloved Cleo back home

The couple began to frantically search their tent and the surrounding campsite in hopes they would find the four-year-old before notifying police.

Ms Smith said she has no clue what happened to her daughter and despite thinking of 'a million' different scenarios still feels helpless.

'The worst part is that there's nothing more we can do. It's out of our hands now and we feel hopeless and out of control,' she admitted.

She said while her friends, family and the local community had been 'so supportive', all she wanted was her 'beautiful, funny and delicate' daughter to come home.

The couple have asked the public to report anything they see 'big or small' to police.

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'I know she can get through whatever she's going through,' a teary Ms Smith said.

'We're going to find her, we have to'.

  The crucial details revealed by Cleo Smith's mum in first TV intreview © Provided by Daily Mail

It marked the first time the couple have spoken publicly since little Cleo vanished,  with Ms Smith issuing an urgent plea for help to social media on Sunday.

'It's been over 24 hours since I last saw the sparkle in my little girl's eyes!' she wrote on Facebook.

'Please help me find her! If you hear or see anything at all please call the police.'

An intense search for the missing girl resumed about midday local time on Tuesday after wild weather and a storm cell forced emergency services to temporarily call off the hunt.

Mounted police officers arrived at the scene to assist with homicide and major crime forensic investigators, as well as local police.

Investigators have searched a number of shacks along the coastline at the campsite, and a helicopter and drones were also deployed.

Cleo Smith woke up in the middle of the night and asked her parents for a sip of water hours before she disappeared © Provided by Daily Mail Cleo Smith woke up in the middle of the night and asked her parents for a sip of water hours before she disappeared

Detectives will continue to 'track and trace' guests at the campsite and comb through CCTV and dashcam footage provided by members of the public.

It has been confirmed that CCTV footage has been seized from roadhouses in the area as part of the investigation.

It comes after Daily Mail Australia revealed Cleo woke up in the middle of the night and asked her parents for a sip of water hours before she disappeared.

Police referenced an 'interaction' between the four-year-old and her parents about 1.30am on Saturday - sparking intense public scrutiny that something sinister occurred.

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But Daily Mail Australia confirmed the detective was referring to something as innocuous as 'asking for a sip of water' in the middle of the night, before she rolled over and went back to sleep.

Mounted police officers arrived at the campsite (pictured) on Tuesday to assist with the search © Provided by Daily Mail Mounted police officers arrived at the campsite (pictured) on Tuesday to assist with the search A land search was suspended on Tuesday due to wild winds and an intense storm - but was later resumed in the desperate hope Cleo is still nearby © Provided by Daily Mail A land search was suspended on Tuesday due to wild winds and an intense storm - but was later resumed in the desperate hope Cleo is still nearby

'There is nothing to suggest anything suspicious occurred in that moment,' a police source said.

'It was just a word. Nothing out of the ordinary took place.'

The detective who initially made the comment has since confirmed he was referring to Cleo asking for water.

'What I can confirm is that the four of them (the family) were in the family tent, Cleo was spoken to about 1.30am when she woke up to get a drink, everyone went back to sleep,' Insp Munday said.

Ms Smith and Mr Gliddon immediately alerted all other campers in the vicinity after waking at 6am to feed Isla a bottle and realising Cleo was nowhere to be seen.

There are fears Cleo (pictured) may have wandered off in the dead of night, only to fall into one of the many holes nearby. But close family friends insisted the four-year-old wouldn't do that © Provided by Daily Mail There are fears Cleo (pictured) may have wandered off in the dead of night, only to fall into one of the many holes nearby. But close family friends insisted the four-year-old wouldn't do that Police Inspector Jon Munday said experts have advised the four-year-old could have wandered up to 5.2km from her last known position if she is lost in the bush © Provided by Daily Mail Police Inspector Jon Munday said experts have advised the four-year-old could have wandered up to 5.2km from her last known position if she is lost in the bush

By the time police and emergency services arrived, some guests had sent up private drones to search from the sky and others were using motorbikes to scour the area.

There has been no sign of the little girl since her parents' final brief exchange with her at 1.30am.

Mr Munday confirmed police had interviewed Cleo's biological father Daniel Staines at the Mandurah Police Station on Monday, where he willingly provided a statement.

Progress in Cleo investigation: WA police

  Progress in Cleo investigation: WA police West Australian police are "very hopeful and confident" of finding answers to the disappearance of four-year-old Cleo Smith as the investigation progresses.Almost two weeks have passed since Cleo disappeared from her family's tent at the remote Blowholes campsite on WA's northwest coast.

'It is just normal police practice that we speak to everybody involved in the family,' the inspector said.

Cleo Smith, four, was last seen at about 1.30am on Saturday at the Blowholes campsite on the coast at Macleod, north of Carnarvon, in Western Australia (pictured, the campsite Cleo went missing from) © Provided by Daily Mail Cleo Smith, four, was last seen at about 1.30am on Saturday at the Blowholes campsite on the coast at Macleod, north of Carnarvon, in Western Australia (pictured, the campsite Cleo went missing from) Police are probing all possibilities of Cleo's mystery disappearance - including kidnapping - and have been scouring bushland and stopping cars and caravans in search of the missing girl © Provided by Daily Mail Police are probing all possibilities of Cleo's mystery disappearance - including kidnapping - and have been scouring bushland and stopping cars and caravans in search of the missing girl

Insp Munday vowed to continue 'throwing everything at this' for as long as it takes to bring Cleo home.

'We're keen to get this messaging out nationally to anybody. She could be anywhere by now which is really concerning.'

The inspector has been leading the search and repeatedly fronted the media to provide an update on Cleo's disappearance and the search efforts.

The camp ground is located 75km from Carnarvon and 875km from Perth with nothing but bushland and scrubs in between.

Some campers reportedly heard a vehicle speed off at about 3am on Saturday, but police have so far declined to comment on the matter.

Cleo is estimated to be around 110 centimetres tall with honey blonde coloured hair and hazel eyes. She has reportedly visited the area with her mother on camping trips since she was a baby.

There are mounting concerns for her welfare, particularly if the four-year-old did simply wander off and remains exposed to the elements.

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan said his thoughts were with Cleo's loved ones during what undoubtedly was an 'extremely difficult' time.

'To every officer and volunteer involved in search can I say thank you for your efforts on behalf of the Smith family,' the leader state on Tuesday.

'To Cleo's family and on behalf of West Australians, we are thinking of you at this difficult time.'

Anyone with information is asked to contact police immediately on 131 444.

A strong cold front, heavy winds and rain brought more treacherous search conditions for volunteers - including local Indigenous bush trackers who have been assisting with the search © Provided by Daily Mail A strong cold front, heavy winds and rain brought more treacherous search conditions for volunteers - including local Indigenous bush trackers who have been assisting with the search Read more

Progress in Cleo investigation: WA police .
West Australian police are "very hopeful and confident" of finding answers to the disappearance of four-year-old Cleo Smith as the investigation progresses.Almost two weeks have passed since Cleo disappeared from her family's tent at the remote Blowholes campsite on WA's northwest coast.

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