Cleo Smith missing update: Growing fears she was taken as police admit they’re searching for a body

POLICE searching for missing Cleo Smith have revealed they are looking for "a body" as they believe she "was taken" from her tent as her parents slept.

The four-year-old vanished from her family's remote campsite in Western Australia on Saturday morning.

Today deputy police commissioner Col Blanch revealed that investigators are searching for the child's remains.

He said: "Cleo disappeared from her family's tent, despite an extensive land, sea and air search, we have not yet located her body."

The law enforcement chief said that if the little girl had left her tent by herself then she would have been found by now

"That leads us to believe she was taken," Mr Blanch added.

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    National search across Australia for Cleo

    Detective Superintendent Wilde said: "We have got the nation looking for Cleo.

    “Today’s announcement is to say everyone needs to be looking for Cleo.

    “Look at people who have acted strangely since the 16th (of October), look at people who have been in that area… ask questions."

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    Tent zip “too high”

    The door flap on the family tent was had been zipped so high it would have been impossible for a four-year-old to reach, said Inspector Jon Munday.

    He added: “The positioning of that zipper for the flap is one of the circumstances that has caused us to have grave concerns for Cleo’s safety.

    "That tent has been thoroughly examined by our forensic team.”

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    Usual suspects

    Police said between ten and 20 sex offenders were known to be in the area around the Blowholes campsite, near Carnarvon, Western Australia.

    Detectives said they have spoken to them all to check their movements, and none are suspects at this stage.

    They also conceded said any kidnapper could have left the area before police set up roadblocks.

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    Cleo was likely kidnapped

    Inspector Jon Munday said Wednesday that new information suggests the child was kidnapped.

    He told reporters that the child was too short to reach the zipper to open the tent on her own.

    This rules out the theory that Cleo left the camp site on her own in the early hours of the morning.

    Munday said: "One of the major circumstances that has given us the cause for alarm for Cleo’s safety is the fact that one of those zippered entryways was opened.

    “The positioning of that zipper for the flap is one of the circumstances that has caused us to have grave concerns for Cleo’s safety.”

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    Cleo's biological father was questioned

    Cleo's biological father Daniel Staines has also been spoken to as part of standard police procedure but he is not a suspect.

    Daniel lives more than 600 miles south of where his daughter was last seen.

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    WA Premier says disappearance is 'heartbreaking'

    Western Australia premier Mark McGowan said in a Facebook post: “It’s absolutely heartbreaking.”

    “We are all praying for a positive outcome,” he added

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    Mapped: Cleo Smith goes missing

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    'Extensive land, air and sea search'

    More than 100 cops, soldiers, volunteers and local Aboriginal bush trackers are currently involved in an “extensive land, sea and air search”.

    Members of the homicide squad joined the search for the girl at the weekend.

    Police fear that Cleo could have been snatched and driven eight hours before police even reached the camp site on Saturday.

    They said the child "could be anywhere."

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    What happened that night?

    Cleo Smith was last seen in her family’s tent at about 1.30am on Saturday at the remote Blowholes Shacks campsite in coastal town Macleod, around 900km (559 miles) north of Perth.

    She was sharing a tent with her mother, her mother’s partner and her baby sister.

    When the family woke in at 6.30am the tent’s zip was undone and Cleo was missing, along with her sleeping bag.

    Witnesses at the campsite have reported hearing the skidding of tyres at around 3am.

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    Police 'hold great fears for her safety'

    Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde said police "hold great fears for her safety".

    West Australian Premier Mark McGowan said cops are searching "around the clock" for the little girl while announcing a $1m reward to her find her.

    This is quickest time such a reward has been issued after the disappearance of an Australian citizen.

    The family's camp where Cleo was last seen is located 47 miles from Carnarvon and 544 miles from Perth.

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    Cleo Smith cops admit they’re searching for a BODY 

    Cops say they believe Cleo Smith "was taken" from her tent as her parents slept.

    But today deputy police commissioner Col Blanch revealed that investigators are searching for the child's remains.

    He said: "Cleo disappeared from her family's tent, despite an extensive land, sea and air search, we have not yet located her body."

    The law enforcement chief said that if the little girl had left her tent by herself then she would have been found by now

    "That leads us to believe she was taken," Mr Blanch added.

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    Police say they are now looking for Cleo's remains

    Deputy police commissioner Col Blanch admitted that investigators are searching for the child's remains.

    He said: "Cleo disappeared from her family's tent, despite an extensive land, sea and air search, we have not yet located her body."

    The law enforcement chief said that if the little girl had left her tent by herself then she would have been found by now

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    Cleo's mum posts heartbreaking picture

    CLEO Smith's distraught mum has posted a heartbreaking picture of her missing daughter begging her to "please come home."

    The four-year-old disappeared from her family's remote camp site in Western Australia on Saturday morning.

    Police now fear the little girl was snatched from her tent, admitting they are looking for "a body."

    Her mum Ellie today posted a picture of the child holding an ice cream along with the caption: "My sweet girl. Come home to me."

    She added: "If anyone sees anything at all please call the police."

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    Four key places Cleo Smith could have been taken

    THIS chilling map shows four key places “Aussie Maddie” Cleo Smith could have been taken as cops probe 20 sex offenders in the area where she went missing.

    Cleo may have been driven eight hours away from the campsite where she was last seen, cops suggested as they piece together the four-year-old’s whereabouts.

    The map shows young Cleo could have reached Tom Price – just eight hours north-east of the Blowholes camping ground in Western Australia where she was staying with her family before she vanished in the early hours of Saturday morning.

    Another suggestion is that Cleo was taken to the town of Kalbarri – some five hours away – and may have passed through the suburb of Meekatharra, which is 670km south-east.

    Cops are scouring through hours of CCTV footage from a roadhouse 165km north of the campsite as it’s the only northbound road and records every vehicle that passes through.

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    Taskforce Rodia set up to find missing Cleo

    100 officers assigned to a team, Taskforce Rodia, that has been set up to find the little girl.

    "The fact that the search has gone on for this period of time when we haven't been able to locate her — and we would imagine that we would locate her given the amount of resources and the detailed search that has taken place — that leads us to believe that she was taken from the tent," Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde said.

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    WA campsite search is now over

    The search for missing four-year-old Cleo Smith around a campsite in WA's north-west is over.

    Campers are expected to be allowed back in later today.

    Police on horseback and officers using drones carried out a final scan of the area around the Blowholes campsite north of Carnarvon this morning, and were set to declare the campsite open to the public.

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    How long has Cleo been missing?

    Today marks the seventh day since Cleo's family reported her missing from the family's tent.

    Her mother Ellie Smith says she awoke on Saturday morning to find the tent entrance zipped open, and Cleo and her sleeping bag missing.

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    Missing sleeping bag

    Not only was there no sign of Cleo when her parents woke, but her red and black sleeping bag was also gone.

    Experts question whether she would have taken it with her if she had simply wandered off on her own.

    Police released a photo of a similar bag, along with Cleo’s distinctive pink pyjamas.

    They urged local residents to check their bins in case evidence had been dumped inside.

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    What happened that night?

    Cleo Smith was last seen in her family’s tent at about 1.30am on Saturday at the remote Blowholes Shacks campsite in coastal town Macleod, around 900km (559 miles) north of Perth.

    She was sharing a tent with her mother, her mother’s partner and her baby sister.

    When the family woke in at 6.30am the tent’s zip was undone and Cleo was missing, along with her sleeping bag.

    Witnesses at the campsite have reported hearing the skidding of tyres at around 3am.

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    Cops have quizzed all the local registered sex offenders 

    Cops have quizzed all the local registered sex offenders as well as nearby campers – with the probe coming to a standstill, reports say.

    Cleo’s biological father Daniel Staines has also been questioned as part of standard police procedure but he is not a suspect.

    Daniel lives more than 600 miles south of where Cleo was last seen.

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    Former Madeleine McCann cop fears Cleo was snatched 

    FOUR clues could hold the key to finding missing Cleo Smith – as a former Met detective says she may have been snatched like Madeleine McCann.

    Cops are searching for the fifth day after the four-year-old vanished from her family’s tent on a remote campsite in Western Australia.

    Cleo’s distraught mum Ellie told how she frantically drove around looking for her when she realised she was gone at 6am.

    Officers have urged locals to check their bins for evidence as no trace has yet been found by a forensics team that flew up from Perth, 500 miles away.

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    ‘We are looking at everything’

    Inspector Jon Munday said yesterday that police have been stopping cars and caravans in the area with all drivers’ details being recorded before they leave.

    “We are trying to paint the picture of who was around here during the window of opportunity between the early hours of Saturday morning and 6am Saturday and what leads that could give us,” he said. 

    However, the officer said that nothing is being ruled out including the possibility that she may have been abducted.

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

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    Cleo’s mother last spoke to daughter at 1.30am

    Ellie says Cleo woke up at 1.30am asking for a drink of water – and that was the last time she spoke to her daughter.

    The parents woke up again at around 6am to find Cleo had gone, reports News.com.au.

    Ellie said: “I went into the other room and the zipper was open.

    “Cleo was gone and that was about it for Saturday morning until everything started.”

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    Four key places Cleo Smith could have been taken

    THIS chilling map shows four key places “Aussie Maddie” Cleo Smith could have been taken as cops probe 20 sex offenders in the area where she went missing.

    Cleo may have been driven eight hours away from the campsite where she was last seen, cops suggested as they piece together the four-year-old’s whereabouts.

    The map shows young Cleo could have reached Tom Price – just eight hours north-east of the Blowholes camping ground in Western Australia where she was staying with her family before she vanished in the early hours of Saturday morning.

    Another suggestion is that Cleo was taken to the town of Kalbarri – some five hours away – and may have passed through the suburb of Meekatharra, which is 670km south-east.

    Cops are scouring through hours of CCTV footage from a roadhouse 165km north of the campsite as it’s the only northbound road and records every vehicle that passes through.

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    Who is Cleo Smith? 

    Cleo Smith is a four-year-old Australian girl who went missing while camping with her parents in the outback.

    The family were staying at the Blowholes Campsite near Macleod about 50 miles north of Carnarvon, Western Australia.

    She was wearing a bright pink pyjama suit with blue and pink flowers and butterflies printed on it when she was last seen.

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