Missing four-year-old Australian girl Cleo Smith found alive
Cleo Smith, the four-year-old girl who has been missing in Australia for more than two weeks, has been found “alive and well”. It had been suspected that Cleo was abducted on October 16, after she disappeared near Carnarvon, while camping with her family at the Blowholes campsite in Macleod.
Western Australia Police officers rescued the little girl after they broke into a house in Carnarvon at around 1am this morning, Wednesday, November 3, and found her. Police have confirmed that a 36-year-old Carnarvon man is in custody.
Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch said in a statement that his officers entered a house, and a subsequent search uncovered a young girl. “One of the officers picked her up into his arms and asked her ‘what’s your name?’, She said – ‘My name is Cleo'”.
Blanch added, “This is the outcome we all hoped and prayed for”, before continuing, “It’s the outcome we’ve achieved because of some incredible police work. I want 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”.
Ellie Smith, Cleo’s happy mother, took to social media after hearing the news that her daughter had been found. She posted a love heart emoji, with the words, “Our family is whole again”, alongside a reshared image that a news channel had posted confirming Cleo’s rescue, showing her smiling daughter.
Rescue teams with more than 100 officers had been joined by army reservists and local volunteers in a massive search of the area immediately surrounding the vicinity of the Blowholes campsite. There had also been a reward offered of £540,000, as reported by itv.com.