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Australia WA Police to revisit shacks in Cleo search

05:51  20 october  2021
05:51  20 october  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

Cleo Smith search continues as police 'not ruling anything in or out' in hunt for missing WA girl

  Cleo Smith search continues as police 'not ruling anything in or out' in hunt for missing WA girl Investigators from the homicide and major crime squads join search efforts for missing four-year-old Cleo Smith near Carnarvon in Western Australia. The last reported sighting of Cleo was at 1:30am on Saturday in her family's tent at the Blowholes Shacks campsite in Macleod, about 900 kilometres north of Perth.On Sunday, Inspector Jon Munday revealed her sleeping bag was also gone, but he was not "at liberty to divulge what else may be missing".WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said officers were conducting an extensive search that included police, rangers, the SES and many community members.

Police investigating the disappearance of missing four-year-old Cleo Smith will carry out fresh searches of shacks near the family's West Australian campsite.

The search for missing four-year-old Cleo Smith on WA's northwest coast has entered a fifth day. © James Carmody/AAP PHOTOS The search for missing four-year-old Cleo Smith on WA's northwest coast has entered a fifth day.

Detectives are also probing reports a car had been heard speeding from the popular Blowholes site, on WA's northwest coast, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

As the land and aerial search enters its fifth day, Cleo's mother Ellie Smith has made a desperate public appeal for information, saying the little girl would never wander off on her own and someone must know where she is.

Cattle grid cameras and CCTV: Eyes watching WA's remote north could help find missing girl

  Cattle grid cameras and CCTV: Eyes watching WA's remote north could help find missing girl As the search for missing four-year-old girl Cleo Smith enters its fifth day, investigators are methodically painting a picture of who was in the area the weekend the young girl was feared to be snatched from her family's tent while camping north of Carnarvon. © Peter de Kruijff Cleo Smith, 4, has gone missing in WA's remote Gascoyne region. Along the one sealed road and smaller limestone tracks out of the Quobba Blowholes campsite where Cleo was last seen are dozens of cattle grids, designed to stop station cattle from straying onto another section of land.

Homicide detectives are assisting the heavily-resourced investigation but police are not giving up hope of finding Cleo in the area.

"To say we're treating this as an abduction is not correct," Assistant Commissioner Darryl Gaunt told Perth radio 6PR on Wednesday.

"We're treating it as a search and rescue mission, first and foremost, and that remains our mission."

Cleo was last seen by her parents about 1.30am on Saturday in the family's tent at the Blowholes campsite on WA's northwest coast.

The girl was wearing a pink one-piece sleepsuit with a blue and yellow pattern. Her red and black sleeping bag is also missing.

Police have already searched all of the shacks along the coastline at the campsite but will revisit some of them for a further look.

Cleo Smith disappeared from her family's campsite nearly a week ago — here's what we know so far

  Cleo Smith disappeared from her family's campsite nearly a week ago — here's what we know so far It's been nearly a week since Cleo Smith vanished from her family's tent at the Blowholes, north of Carnarvon. Amidst all the information they have been able to gather to date, police remain baffled.The desperate search for the missing girl has now entered its sixth day, as police continue to painstakingly search the campsite near where she was last seen.

Other campers have reported hearing screeching tyres early on Saturday.

"As time goes on, we know the forecast going forward gets worse each day," Mr Gaunt said.

"It's every parent's worst nightmare."

In an emotional interview, Cleo's mother said she and her partner Jake Gliddon had woken at about 6am on Saturday when Cleo's baby sister Isla wanted a bottle.

When she went into the other room, Cleo was gone and the tent was "completely open".

"She would never leave us, she would never leave the tent," Ms Smith said.

"We hold hope that she's here (near the campsite) because if I think about her being taken ... a million other things cross our mind.

"We sit and watch the sand dunes and we just think she's going to run down it and back into our arms but we're still waiting."

Mounted police have been deployed to join a search that includes SES volunteers, a helicopter and drones.

Detectives have also spoken to Cleo's biological father in Mandurah, south of Perth, as part of their investigations.

There is no suggestion he was involved in the girl's disappearance.

Ms Smith said it had been a horrendous ordeal for the family, describing Cleo as a beautiful and delicate girl with "the biggest heart".

Cleo Smith's family issue fresh TV plea for return of missing girl, saying 'we need her home' .
In the family's second television interview since Cleo Smith's disappearance, the missing four-year-old's mother issues another heartbreaking plea to "bring her home", saying the little girl "is everything to us".The search for Cleo has entered its 11th day after she disappeared from her family's tent in the state's Gascoyne region on October 16.

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