Cleo Smith missing update – First picture of suspect kidnapper in back of AMBULANCE as girl, 4, found ALIVE after raid

THE man suspected of kidnapping Cleo Smith has been pictured for the first time – in the back of an ambulance with apparent head injuries.

The 36-year-old man was pictured lying down in the ambulance with his bandaged head covered in a blanket.

It has emerged the suspect was seen uncharacteristically buying nappies in the last few days.

Police say no charges have yet been brought against the man, and no further details on the suspect are being released.

It comes as little Cleo, 4, was found ALIVE and well in a locked house after weeks of frantic searching for the tot, after she vanished from the Blowholes campground site in Western Australia, in October.

After 18 days of desperate search, the little girl was last night found, with West Australia Police confirming cops broke their way into a locked house in Carnarvon, Western Australia around 1am where she was found.

Read our Cleo Smith live blog below for the latest updates..

  • Joseph Gamp

    Cleo Smith: The latest

    • Cleo Smith, four, has been found alive and well after 18 days
    • Police broke into a locked house in Carnarvon at 1am
    • They found little Cleo in one of the rooms
    • The four-year-old has reunited with her family
    • Police arrested a man in connection to Cleo’s disappearence
    • The man is in custody and is being questioned

    Search had been getting close as cops closed in on Cleo's location

    Just days ago, it was reported that police were close to cracking the missing child case as officers were seen probing the family home for a third time.

    Police were searching rugged terrain near the remote campsite for the missing girl and said they had “grave concerns for Cleo’s safety”.

    Authorities previously also offered a $1m reward for information leading to Cleo’s location.

    ‘Our prayers answered’

    Following the amazing news Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, released a statement thanking police officers for helping find the 4-year-old.

    He said “What wonderful, relieving news.Cleo Smith has been found and is home safe and sound. Our prayers answered.

    "Thank you to the many police officers involved in finding Cleo and supporting her family.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      18 days of searching draws to a close

      After weeks of desperate search, the little girl has now been found.

      Western Australia Police confirmed tonight that cops broke their way into a locked house in Carnarvon, Western Australia around 1am where she was found.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Police says suspect assisting with inquiries but remain silent on identity

      Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said the man, who was not known to Cleo’s family, was assisting police with their inquiries.

      “I’m not going to elaborate further in terms of that man, other than to say he is a local man from Carnarvon, and we will be having something further to say later,” the commissioner told reporters.

      “I once again want to reinforce my thanks to a great team, assisted by a great community — the town of Carnarvon can stand strong.

      “Yes, we have one man in custody but that is not the town of Carnarvon — that is one person.

      “I want the town of Carnarvon and everyone else to come together as a community as we move forward.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      First pic of Cleo suspect shows man bandaged in back of ambulance

      A 36-year-old man has been taken into custody and is being questioned by police – but no charged have yet been made.

      Australian network 7 News released video footage of the man in the back of an ambulance.

      A photo provided to NCA NewsWire shows the man under heavy police guard.

      He appears to have head injuries and has a bandage around his head.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Timeline – The Search for Cleo

      • October 15 – Cleo arrives with her parents and baby sister at Blowhole Campground in Carnarvon, Western Australia
      • October 16 1.30am – The four-year-old wakes her mum up for a drink before going back to sleep in the tent she shared with her parents and sister
      • October 16 6.30am – Cleo's mother Ellie wakes to find her daughter has vanished without a trace
      • October 18 – Locals urged to check their bins for the missing child's sleeping bag
      • October 21 – Police offer $1million reward to anyone with information that leads them to Cleo
      • October 24 – Cleo's voice is heard on CCTV 20 metres from where she disappeared from the campsite
      • October 25 – Cops look for the driver of a car seen between 3am and 3.30am on the morning she vanished
      • October 30 – Police launch an air, land and sea search for the four-year-old
      • November 2 – Cleo is found by police "alive and well" locked in a room in Carnarvon – just 43 miles from the Blowholes camp

      Australian PM praises WA cops for rescuing girl

      Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison praised the police force for their work in rescuing the little girl.

      "What wonderful, relieving news," he wrote.

      "Our prayers answered. Thank you to the many Western Australia Police Force officers involved in finding Cleo and supporting her family."

      Police say suspect has no connection to Cleo family

      After weeks of searching in the Outback, Cleo was yesterday found in a room inside a locked house.

      Her first words were "my name is Cleo" as cops busted open the door and found the girl – 18 days after she vanished from her tent at Blowholes campground site in Western Australia.

      The suspect, who police say has no connection with the family, was arrested at the property.

      He was seen with his head bandaged after reportedly being attacked by a fellow prisoner who learned what he'd been taken into custody for.

      • Joseph Gamp

        Cleo's story sent shockwaves through Australia

        Cleo's disappearance sent shockwaves through the community in Australia.

        The police were called around three hours after she was found to be missing as the family had hoped the girl was just hiding nearby – searching the area with other campers.

        Police were searching rugged terrain near the remote campsite for the missing girl and said they had "grave concerns for Cleo’s safety".

        Authorities previously also offered a $1m reward for information leading to Cleo’s location.

      • Joseph Gamp

        Local resident believes she heard a child crying

        Local resident Sahntayah McKenzie said she heard the sound of a child crying recently.

        She told The West Australian: "Not last night, the night before it…I heard a little girl crying but I wouldn't expect it to be Cleo.

        "I didn't expect it would happen in this little neighbourhood, a lot of people know each other."

      • Joseph Gamp

        What happened in the case of missing Cleo Smith?

        Dubbed the 'Aussie Maddie McCann,' cops launched a desperate hunt for the child after she went missing from the remote campsite in her pink pyjamas.

        Her mum Ellie last saw her at 1.30am when she gave her a drink of water, and then her and her partner Jake Gliddon awoke to find the tot missing – sparking a frantic search.

        Cleo's disappearance sent shockwaves through the community in Australia.

        The police were called around three hours after she was found to be missing as the family had hoped the girl was just hiding nearby – searching the area with other campers.

        Police were searching rugged terrain near the remote campsite for the missing girl and said they had "grave concerns for Cleo’s safety".

        Authorities previously also offered a $1m reward for information leading to Cleo’s location.

      • Joseph Gamp

        WA commissioner statement as Cleo is found

        Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch said in a statement last night: "It’s my privilege to announce that in the early hours of this morning, the Western Australia Police Force rescued Cleo Smith.

        "Cleo is alive and well. A police team broke their way into a locked house in Carnarvon about 1am. They found little Cleo in one of the rooms."

        He revealed that one of the officers picked the four-year-old girl up in his arms, before asking what her name was.

        The tot, who police and civilians in Australia have been desperately looking for, replied: "My name is Cleo."

        Commissioner Blanch added: "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.

        "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.

      • Joseph Gamp

        Cleo's mum says her 'family is whole again'

        Cleo's mum Ellie Smith spoke out for the first time since the little girl was found, posting the emotional message to Instagram: "Our family is whole again."

        Police confirmed the four-year-old was found "alive and well" – which is the "outcome we prayed for."

        The suspect, 36, was arrested at the property and is currently being questioned by detectives, police said.

        He has no connection to the family, it was confirmed.

      • Joseph Gamp

        Neighbour's shock

        Police have arrested the suspect – who was described by neighbours as "quiet" and was seen uncharacteristically buying nappies in the last few days.

        "The other day – on Monday – we saw him in Woolworths buying Kimbies [nappies] and that," neighbour Henry Dodd told Australia's 'Sunrise' news show.

        "Everyone knows the person who stays at that house, but no one would have thought it would be him,' he said. We were shocked."

      • Joseph Gamp

        Cleo Smith: The latest

        • Cleo Smith, four, has been found alive and well after 18 days
        • Police broke into a locked house in Carnarvon at 1am
        • They found little Cleo in one of the rooms
        • The four-year-old has reunited with her family
        • Police arrested a man in connection to Cleo’s disappearence
        • The man is in custody and is being questioned

        Mapped: Cleo Smith found seven-minutes away from home

        The property where the little girl was found was just a seven-minute drive from her family home.

        She vanished from the Blowholes campsite on October 18.

        Western Australia Police confirmed that cops broke their way into a locked property at around 1am in Carnarvon, Western Australia.

        'My name is Cleo'

        Cleo has been found as police arrested a 36-year-old "childless loner" described as an "oddball" by neighbours, one of whom heard crying coming from his home.

        After weeks of searching in the Outback, Cleo was yesterday found in a room inside a locked house.

        The four-year-old's first words were "my name is Cleo" as cops busted open the door and found the girl – 18 days after she vanished from her tent at Blowholes campground site in Western Australia.

        WA Premier elated over Cleo's rescue

        State premier Mark McGowan expressed elation at receiving the news overnight.

        He first received a call at 1:38 am, but sheepishly admitted: "I didn't answer it, I was asleep." Still, within a few hours, he had received the "lovely" image of the girl smiling from a hospital bed.

        "There will be movies made about this," he said. "You never know what to expect, you hope for the best, but you prepare for the worst."

        'Our family is whole again'

        Little Cleo has now been reunited with her family after a heartbreaking 18 days.

        She is receiving care in hospital following her disappearance.

        Cleo's mum Ellie Smith spoke out for the first time since the little girl was found, posting the emotional message to Instagram: "Our family is whole again."

        Man arrested has 'no connection to family'

        The man, 36, was arrested at the property and is currently being questioned by detectives, police said.

        He has no connection to the family, it was confirmed.

        • Louis Allwood

          Neighbours 'shocked' by discovery

          Shocked neighbours have described seeing a "quiet man" buying nappies just two days before Cleo was found inside a locked home.

          The neighbour told Sunrise: "The other day – on Monday – we saw him in Woolworths buying Kimbies [nappies] and that.

          "But we didn't click on what he was buying them for."

          Speaking about the man who was arrested, he added: "Everyone knows the person who stays at that house, but no one would have thought it would be him.

          "We were shocked."

        • Louis Allwood

          Timeline of search (Continued…)

          • October 21 – Police offer $1million reward to anyone with information that leads them to Cleo
          • October 24 – Cleo's voice is heard on CCTV 20 metres from where she disappeared from the campsite
          • October 25 – Cops look for the driver of a car seen between 3am and 3.30am on the morning she vanished
          • October 30 – Police launch an air, land and sea search for the four-year-old
          • November 2 – Cleo is found by police "alive and well" locked in a room in Carnarvon – just 43 miles from the Blowholes camp

          Timeline of search

          • October 15 – Cleo arrives with her parents and baby sister at Blowhole Campground in Carnarvon, Western Australia
          • October 16 1.30am – The four-year-old wakes her mum up for a drink before going back to sleep in the tent she shared with her parents and sister
          • October 16 6.30am – Cleo's mother Ellie wakes to find her daughter has vanished without a trace
          • October 18 – Locals urged to check their bins for the missing child's sleeping bag

          Top cop said 'likely she would have known her abductor'

          Meanwhile, Madeleine McCann top cop Jim Gamble previously said Cleo Smith likely would have known her abductor who may be someone who was following the family ahead of their trip.

          Mr Gamble – who was the senior child protection officer in the UK investigation into the Maddie case – explained the chance of the girl being taken away silently by a total stranger in the middle of the night was low.

          The top cop also added the "pivotal point" of the case was the fact her sleeping bag was missing from the campsite.

          He explained you would expect the bag to be left in the tent if little Cleo had wandered off alone.

          "On a campsite you can hear a pin drop in the middle of the night," Mr Gamble told The Sun Online.

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