Carla La Tella


Sun, 17 Oct, 2021

“Please help me find her!” Mum’s plea as search for Cleo enters third day

 “Please help me find her!” Mum’s plea as search for Cleo enters third day

Image: 9 News

The search for a missing four-year-old girl in Western Australia has resumed at first light today, with police not willing to rule out the possibility she was abducted.

Officers are urgently searching for Cleo Smith, last seen at 1:30 am on Saturday at the Blowholes campsite in Macleod, north of Carnarvon.

“We are gravely concerned for the safety of Cleo, we’re not leaving anything to chance,” WA Police Inspector Jon Munday said.

Cleo was last seen wearing a pink/purple one-piece sleepsuit with a blue and yellow pattern.

Her mum, Ellie, said the little girl was in their shared tent at 1:30 on Saturday morning.

When the family woke up at 6:30 am she was gone, with reports her sleeping bag was also nowhere to be found.

Cleo’s mum posted an update on Facebook at 1:45 am Monday morning, pleading for help finding her daughter.

“It’s been over 24 hours since I last seen the sparkle in my little girl’s eyes! Please help me find her! If you hear or anything at all please call the police!” she posted.

Police remain tight-lipped about parts of the investigation.

“It’s been reported a sleeping bag is missing. Other than that I really am not at liberty to divulge what else we believe may be missed,” Inspector Munday said.

He shared that nothing is being ruled out, including the possibility Cleo was abducted.

“Everything is on the table, we are looking at everything,” he said.

“We’re just trying to paint a picture of who was around here during the window of opportunity.”

Carnarvon Shire president Eddie Smith said on Sunday that it was a “terrible feeling” but he implored “everyone to remain positive”.

“WA police are involved, the SES is involved, a large number of the community are involved,” he said. According the The West Australian, police on Sunday were searching cars and caravans inside the campsite where little Cleo went missing.

The family, who are from Carnarvon, are familiar with the area and often camp there.

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