Police call for anyone who went to remote bush camp where Cleo went missing to come forward


Police have made a desperate plea for anyone who visited a remote campsite in Western Australia where a four-year-old girl went missing to come forward.

Investors want anyone who was anyone near the Blowholes campsite on the coast at Macleod, north of Carnarvon, and may have seen anything suspicious over a 72-hour period to contact police, particularly is they have dashcam footage.  

Cleo Smith was last seen at about 1:30am by her parents after an ‘interaction’ but when they woke up at 6am she was nowhere to been seen. 

Police are urging anyone who was in the area from Friday all the way through to Sunday, to try and remember if they may have seen anything unusual.

‘We are really interested in anybody who was at The Blowholes campsite from Friday the 15th of October through to Sunday,’ Inspector John Munday who is leading the police search told reporters on Monday.

‘You don’t even have to have stayed here, even if you just passed through. We need to speak to you.

‘And if anybody has any dashcam footage or any footage at all of the area we really would be interested in those people coming forward.’     

Police say her parents had an ‘interaction’ with the youngster at about 1.30am, but she was nowhere to be seen when they woke up at 6am. 

Details of the interaction have not been revealed.

Authorities have now released aerial footage of the campsite as they scour the remote bushland in search of the missing girl amid fears the child may have been abducted. 

The camp ground is located 75km from Carnarvon and 875km from Perth with nothing but bushland and scrubs in between.

The campsite is bordered by the ocean on one side and desolate, rugged terrain on the other. 

A desperate search for a missing four-year-old girl has entered its third day with police releasing footage of the remote campsite from where she disappeared

A desperate search for a missing four-year-old girl has entered its third day with police releasing footage of the remote campsite from where she disappeared 

Police are probing all possibilities of Cleo's mystery disappearance - including kidnapping - and have been scouring bushland and stopping cars and caravans in search of the missing girl

Police are probing all possibilities of Cleo’s mystery disappearance – including kidnapping – and have been scouring bushland and stopping cars and caravans in search of the missing girl 

Cleo Smith, four, was last seen at about 1.30am on Saturday at the Blowholes campsite on the coast at Macleod, north of Carnarvon, in Western Australia

Cleo Smith, four, was last seen at about 1.30am on Saturday at the Blowholes campsite on the coast at Macleod, north of Carnarvon, in Western Australia 

Detectives have not ruled out the possibility that Cleo was abducted, with officers stopping cars and caravans to search the vehicles.  

Inspector Jon Munday described the case as ‘extremely concerning’ and said the state’s ‘best investigators’ have been called to the scene. 

According to 9 News, those detectives are from the homicide squad.   

Insp. Munday said officers have been stopping cars and caravans to search interiors and take drivers’ details before vehicles leave the area.  

‘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. 

Locals have been told to check garbage bins and roadsides for a red sleeping bag that was being used by Cleo and that went missing with her. 

As a major search operation neared the end of its second day, Mr Munday said detectives were no closer to finding the little girl or clues about her mysterious disappearance.

He said it was very unusual for a child to disappear from a tent they shared with their parents during the middle of the night. 

‘Unfortunately we have not had any major breakthroughs,’ he told reporters on Sunday.

‘[The disappearance] is extremely concerning and not something we come across very often at all.

‘We are throwing everything at this, but at this point in time we do not have any answers about where Cleo is.’

Police urged every newsroom in Western Australia to broadcast details of the missing girl on Saturday. 

Cleo Smith, four, was last seen at about 1.30am on Saturday at the Blowholes campsite on the coast at Macleod, north of Carnarvon, in Western Australia (pictured, the campsite Cleo went missing from)

Cleo Smith, four, was last seen at about 1.30am on Saturday at the Blowholes campsite on the coast at Macleod, north of Carnarvon, in Western Australia (pictured, the campsite Cleo went missing from)

A frantic search is underway after Cleo Smith disappeared from her family's tent during the early hours of Saturday morning. Pictured: Cleo in the outfit she was wearing when she went  missing

A frantic search is underway after Cleo Smith disappeared from her family’s tent during the early hours of Saturday morning. Pictured: Cleo in the outfit she was wearing when she went  missing

Cleo Smith went missing while camping with her family at the Blowholes campsite near Carnarvon in Western Australia (pictured, four-year-old Cleo left with mum Ellie)

Cleo Smith went missing while camping with her family at the Blowholes campsite near Carnarvon in Western Australia (pictured, four-year-old Cleo left with mum Ellie)

‘We are still in very early stages,’ Inspector Munday said.

‘Everything is on the table, and hopefully we will be ruling them [leads] out as we go.’ 

Cleo’s heartbroken mother Ellie Smith issued a plea for help finding her young daughter.

‘It’s been over 24 hours since I last seen the sparkle in my little girl’s eyes! Please help me find her’,’ she wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday. 

‘Last seen 1.30am and gone when woken up at 6am from our shared tent. Very very unusual for Cleo. Please if you see anything unusual or suspicious call the police’. 

The young girl was wearing pink one-piece pyjamas with a blue and yellow pattern when she was last seen. 

A full scale search took place on Saturday and began again from first light on Sunday.

The crews consisted of land, air and sea teams searching the coastline in and around campgrounds nearby where the family was staying.

Posters have also been put up at roadhouses within a 1,000km radius of the campsite and police are poring over dash camera footage and CCTV footage from the area. 

Locals joining the search have been told to check garbage bins and roadsides for a red sleeping bag that was being used by Cleo and that went missing with her (pictured, locals have urged more people to join the search by taking to social media)

Locals joining the search have been told to check garbage bins and roadsides for a red sleeping bag that was being used by Cleo and that went missing with her (pictured, locals have urged more people to join the search by taking to social media)

A major search effort to find the missing toddler entered its second day on Sunday

A major search effort to find the missing toddler entered its second day on Sunday 

Police Inspector Jon Munday said experts have advised the four-year-old could have wandered up to 5.2km from her last known position if she is lost in the bush

Police Inspector Jon Munday said experts have advised the four-year-old could have wandered up to 5.2km from her last known position if she is lost in the bush 

A full team of Perth detectives and forensic officers have joined the investigation to assist detectives from Carnavon and Geraldton.  

Inspector Munday said experts have advised the toddler could have travelled anywhere up to 5.2km from her last known position if she is lost in the bush. 

So far, SES volunteers have scoured 1km both north and south of the campsite and around 700m inland, with authorities confident she is not in that area.  

Inspector Munday said there have been no reports of suspicious activity in the area during the hours she went missing.  

‘The parents did have an interaction with Cleo in the early hours of the morning,’ he said.

SES volunteers prepare equipment as they search for missing toddler Cleo Smith on Sunday

SES volunteers prepare equipment as they search for missing toddler Cleo Smith on Sunday

‘It’s been reported that there is a sleeping bag missing. Other than that, I really am not at liberty at this point to divulge what else we believe may be missing. 

‘Needless to say, we just hold grave concerns for Cleo’s safety.’

Inspector Munday said Cleo’s parents were shattered as they hope for the safe return of their little girl.

‘The family is understandably very distraught,’ he said.

‘They have been very well supported , [but] they are devastated and don’t know what to do.’

The Blowholes campsite, also known as Point Quobba, is known for its scenic views of blowholes. 

Carnarvon Shire president Eddie Smith told The West Australian the family were well-known locals, and the community were out in force helping with the search.

‘Everybody is hoping for the best,’ he said.

‘The community is deeply concerned. Everyone is trying to jump onboard and do what they can to help and we are all praying for a positive outcome.

‘It is a terrible feeling but I just implore everyone to remain positive and keep positive and keep thinking like that.’

A GoFundMe page has been set up to donate money to two local helicopter businesses which have been working in the search

A GoFundMe page has been set up to donate money to two local helicopter businesses which have been working in the search

The Blowholes campsite is also known as Point Quobba (pictured)

The Blowholes campsite is also known as Point Quobba (pictured)

Carnarvon buildings and shopfronts were also assisting with the search, with posters being placed urging anyone with information to contact police. 

Users flooded to Ms Smith’s post: ‘I can’t stop thinking of her. I hope she is found safe and well,’ one commenter wrote.

While another added: ‘I pray your daughter is found safe, what a reunion that will be. Stay strong, Your family is not alone’. 

A GoFundMe page has been set up to donate money to two local helicopter businesses which have been working in the search.

The company’s were said to have cancelled tours to help with the search, bringing large helicopters in to have three people in one chopper looking for young Cleo.

The page hopes to ‘help support these small local business’s for their efforts into this search and to help support the family to keep the search going to bring Cleo home’.



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