Missing child found in Carnarvon house

WA Police have found missing child Cleo Smith, who disappeared from her family’s tent on October 16.

THE little girl who disappeared from her family’s tent at the Blowholes north of Carnarvon more than two weeks ago has been found by WA Police.

Four-year-old Cleo Smith’s disappearance on Saturday, October 16 sparked a big search with WA Police saying they had grave concerns for Cleo’s safety especially once it became more than likely the little girl had not just wandered off and her disappearance became a suspected abduction.

During the state-wide investigation detectives sought CCTV and dashcam footage within a 1000km radius of the Blowholes campsite near Carnarvon including as far south as Lancelin.

As part of the investigation officers also collected more than 50 cubic metres of rubbish from roadside bins as far north as Minilya to as far south as Geraldton.

The rubbish was packed into two trucks and transported to Perth, where four forensics officers and 20 recruits spent two days sorting through hundreds of bags in an effort to find anything that might help in the investigation.

In a statement released at 4.15am today WA Police deputy commissioner Col Blanch said earlier this morning police had rescued Cleo and that she was alive and well.

Mr Blanc said a police team broke into a locked house in Carnarvon about 1am.

“They found little Cleo in one of the rooms,’’ he said.

“One of the officers picked her up into his arms and asked her ‘what’s your name?’

“She said – ‘My name is Cleo’.

“Cleo was reunited with her parents a short time later.

“This is the outcome we all hoped and prayed for.

“It’s the outcome we’ve achieved because of some incredible police work.’’

He said he wanted to thank Cleo’s parents, the Western Australian community and the many volunteers.

“And of course, I want to thank my colleagues in the Western Australia Police Force.

“I can confirm we have a man from Carnarvon in custody who is currently being questioned by detectives.’’