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Australia Over 200 potential sightings of missing girl Cleo Smith as lead investigator tours Blowholes campgrounds

12:41  28 october  2021
12:41  28 october  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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Cleo Smith was reported missing by her family from the Blowholes Shacks campsite near Carnarvon on Saturday October 16. (Facebook: Ellie Smith) © Provided by ABC NEWS Cleo Smith was reported missing by her family from the Blowholes Shacks campsite near Carnarvon on Saturday October 16. (Facebook: Ellie Smith)

The man leading the search for missing West Australian girl Cleo Smith says more than 200 possible sightings of the four-year-old have been reported to police.

Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde, who heads up the 100-person-strong Taskforce Rodia, flew into Carnarvon this morning before visiting the Blowholes campgrounds for the first time.

Police say the little girl was abducted from a tent while staying with her family at the popular spot, which is about 75 kilometres north of Carnarvon in Western Australia's Gascoyne region.

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None of the 200 reported sightings reported to police so far have led to the four-year-old being found, however, Superintendent Wilde encouraged the public to continue helping.

"We still want the public to come forward [and] give us information, which we can follow through," he said.

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Superintendent Wilde said police had "international partners" they worked with in cases such as this, but did not give further details.

"The investigation is progressing [and] we are very hopeful and confident [that] we are going to resolve it.

"We've tracked down over 100 people that were there [at the Blowholes campgrounds] that night and we've spoken [to] and interviewed those people.

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"There may still be some people [who] were in the general vicinity … that we've asked to come forward."

He said the case had gained widespread attention and had "touched everyone's hearts".

Superintendent Wilde also met with Cleo Smith's mother, Ellie Smith, and stepfather, Jake Gliddon.

"That was really to reiterate [our] commitment to finding out what has happened to their daughter," he said.

Police today visited businesses in an industrial estate on the outskirts of Carnarvon, asking owners to provide any CCTV footage recorded in the days surrounding Cleo Smith's disappearance.

A police spokesman said a lot of footage had already been provided but that detectives knew there were businesses in Carnarvon that were yet to offer up their footage.

This week, forensic officers could be seen collecting soil samples from campfires near shacks in the area.

Police also returned to the family home in Carnarvon, something Superintendent Wilde said was part of the process in a major investigation.

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He reiterated that Cleo's parents are not suspects and have been fully cooperating with police.

Appeal continues for information about mystery car

Police are still seeking information from the public about a car that was seen turning right out of the road leading out of the campgrounds between 3am and 3:30am, shortly before Chloe was reported missing.

"We still want those people to come forward. We haven't positively identified the people or person … driving that car," Superintendent Wilde said.

"If they were on the road in the early hours of Saturday, October 16, travelling back into Carnarvon, we'd like that person or persons to come forward and make themselves known to police."

Cleo's case has been raised in federal parliament, with Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews saying the government was strengthening laws to give agencies greater scope to act in the case of crimes against children.

A $1 million reward has been offered for information that leads to the four-year-old being found, or to an arrest or conviction of anyone involved in her disappearance.


Video: The man in charge of the investigation into the disappearance of four-year-old Cleo Smith has arrived in Carnarvon. (ABC NEWS)

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