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Australia Community rallies as the search for WA girl Cleo Smith continues

14:41  23 october  2021
14:41  23 october  2021 Source:   9news.com.au

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

  The crucial details revealed by Cleo Smith's mum in first TV intreview Police are now focusing on a 'worst case scenario' that little Cleo Smith, 4, was abducted from the Blowholes campsite in remote Western Australia, after disappearing from her family's tent.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 daycare facilitator of Western Australian girl Cleo Smith is driving town-to-town handing out flyers in an effort to find her.

Melissa Gibbings said the situation is "just terrible", as police and locals work to find the missing child.

"How could someone take someone else's child?" Ms Gibbings said.

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"She's a dear little thing; friendly, happy, gorgeous little girl, full of life."

While the week-long land search only finished yesterday, it has been revealed those searching for the girl in the sky feared the worst on day one.

"Once the boys completed their refined area search, we dispatched them up the road to Gnaraloo Bay and photographed every vehicle we came across," Justin Borg from Coral Coast Helicopters told 9News.

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.

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Police reinforced today the missing four-year-old girl's parents aren't suspects as they search the family's home for clues about potential stalkers.

"They're doing it really tough," Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde told radio station 6PR.

Mum Ellie Smith posted another plea for information to social media today.

"Any information big or small," she said. "Find my little girl."

The daycare facilitator of Western Australian girl Cleo Smith is driving town-to-town handing out flyers in an effort to find her. © 9News The daycare facilitator of Western Australian girl Cleo Smith is driving town-to-town handing out flyers in an effort to find her.

Church of Christ Carnarvon pastor Brenden Law-Davis said the mood in the community was "somber".

"People are in shock obviously and people are hurting for this family," Mr Law-Davis said.

Cleo Smith's disappearance sparks one of WA's largest search operations amid abduction fears

  Cleo Smith's disappearance sparks one of WA's largest search operations amid abduction fears One week ago, at a remote campsite on the West Australian coast, a mother woke up to find her four-year-old daughter missing. Despite one of the state's largest-ever search operations, Cleo Smith is yet to be found. This is how the search unfolded."She wouldn't look comfortable, she would be terrified, she would be so scared," said Ellie Smith.

Investigation continues


Video: Investigation into missing WA child now focusing on abduction (ABC NEWS)

Forensic police have shifted their attention towards the family home of missing Western Australian girl Cleo Smith at Carnarvon as the desperate search continues.

Officers have been at the home for hours as they canvass for fingerprints that could lead them to clues of a potential kidnapper.

Police say the focus is not on the family, rather they are looking at the possibility of someone stalking Cleo in the days before she vanished. It is usual practice to examine all possible avenues in cases like this.

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It has been eight days since the four-year-old vanished from the Blowholes Campground.

Police search for 'passenger vehicle' in Cleo Smith disappearance

  Police search for 'passenger vehicle' in Cleo Smith disappearance Police in Western Australia are searching for a "passenger vehicle" in the disappearance of Cleo Smith, as authorities rule out the missing four-year-old was being stalked. Cleo was last seen at 1.30am on Saturday October 16 in a tent she was sleeping in with her parents at the Blowholes campsite in Macleod, north of Carnarvon.WA Police Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde today issued a public appeal urging anyone who saw a vehicle driving south towards Carnarvon between 3am to 30am on October 16 to contact police.

The land search for the missing four-year-old was scaled back yesterday after almost a week.

Detectives are now casting their net wide, appealing for dashcam and security footage within a 1000-kilometre radius of the Blowholes campsite.

Police are specifically looking for video taken between 6pm last Friday and 6pm on Sunday, with a particular interest in motels, service stations, children's clothing stores, pharmacies and camping stores.

They are now focused on searching for a possible kidnapper.

Police have contacted countless businesses for CCTV and a WA Police community announcement is dominating radio airwaves.

Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde spoke with Today yesterday after the WA government announced a $1 million reward for information leading to Cleo's recovery.

"We have been searching that area now for almost a week, and unfortunately that hasn't led us anywhere, so we haven't found Cleo in an extensive search," Superintendent Wilde said.

"So that, gathered with some of the evidence that we have gained from the tent and the surrounds there, has led us to believe that possibly someone else was involved in her disappearance."

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  Cleo Smith search enters 11th day as feeling of community 'helplessness' over missing girl rises More than a week and a half after Cleo Smith was reported missing from her family's tent at a remote WA campsite, the case continues to grip the public's attention and is leaving many feeling helpless, experts say.The four-year-old was last seen in her family's tent at Blowholes campsite, about 850 kilometres north of Perth, on Saturday October 16.

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Criminologist Associate Professor Xanthe Mallett told Today the reward "only the fourth time in WA history that we've seen a reward of $1 million offered in either a disappearance or a murder case".

"Don't underestimate the importance of this reward," Ms Mallett said."Normally these are offered a significant amount of time later, so maybe years or decades after an offence.

"The fact that this has been offered simply days after Cleo disappeared is really a sign of how serious the police are in getting as much information as early as possible."

The community is also pitching in to help find the missing four-year-old with a Facebook group called 'Bring Cleo Home' amassing more than 52,000 members.

Superintendent Wilde said a lot of information had been coming from the public, but urged people to continue coming forward and contacting Crime Stoppers.

"We are hopeful that will lead us to discovering where she is," he said.

He said the $1 million reward was a "big prompt" for anybody who had concrete information.

Police focus on locations central to Cleo Smith case as search hits two-week mark .
Little Cleo Smith has been missing for more than two weeks now and with few leads to go on, the detectives putting together the puzzle revisit the locations which are central to her disappearance.Police believe Cleo Smith was snatched from her family's tent at the remote Blowholes campsite, a 10-hour drive from Perth, sometime after 1:30am on Saturday, October 16.

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