Brazt dolls, pens, textas, and crayons have been taken as evidence from the house where Cleo Smith was held for 18 days.
Terence Darrell Kelly, 36, is accused of snatching the four-year-old girl from her family’s tent on a trip to Blowholes campsite in remote Western Australia.
He allegedly drove her to his rundown home in Carnarvon, 75km south and just a seven-minute drive from Cleo’s home, on October 16.
Cleo was rescued by police unharmed and found playing with toys alone in a room on November 3, minutes after Kelly was arrested.
Terence Darrell Kelly appears to have controlled several social media profiles on which he detailed his obsession with dolls toys, including this image which he captioned: ‘Nothing beats chilling at home with my Bratz dolls’
Stepfather Jake Gliddon (pictured on Thursday), Cleo and Ellie spent their first night together sleeping in the same room as the four-year-old who they didn’t want to let out of their sights
Forensics officers were seen taking dozens of evidence bags from the house on Tonkin Crescent as they build a kidnapping case against him.
Items included Bratz dolls and boxes of pens, textas, crayons, assorted craft supplies, and children’s clothes.
Kelly was a Bratz doll enthusiast who showed off his collection on social media, with videos and photos showing dozens displayed on shelves in his home.
He created a web of at least 30 fake Facebook accounts, including ones pretending to be a teenage girl and a mother, that interacted with each other.
Kelly’s Bratz DeLuca account – where he describes himself as an ‘alpha male dad’ – warned what he claimed were his children aged between 11 and 21 about the dangers of online predators.
The profile also featured images of Kelly posing with Bratz dolls.
‘I love taking my dolls for a drive around, and doing their hair and taking selfies in public,’ the account wrote.
Forensics officers were seen taking dozens of evidence bags from the house on Tonkin Crescent as they build a kidnapping case against him. This one contained a doll
Items included Bratz dolls and boxes of pens, textas, crayons, and assorted craft supplies
In a Facebook story uploaded two days after Cleo Smith disappeared, Bratz DeLuca uploaded an image of children playing on the beach with a sticker saying ‘baby girls are the best’ and ‘feeling blessed’.
The account also features images showing a room with boxed toys carefully stacked from floor to ceiling and pictures of Kelly driving around town carrying dolls.
‘I love my dolls’, one post reads. ‘I love taking my dolls for drive arounds and doing their hair and taking selfies in public,’ says another.
Kelly is shown in one picture wearing a Bratz doll T-shirt.
Kelly appears to have a particular fascination with Bratz fashion dolls and one of the brand’s four original figurines released 20 years ago was a blonde, almond-eyed teenager called Cloe.
Cleo Smith has a seven-month sister called Isla. In the elaborate make-believe Bratz universe Cloe the doll has a little sister named Isa.
He was spotted a week before Cleo was rescued with a car full of children’s toys, a neighbour told Daily Mail Australia.
Henry Dodd said the brand new dolls were still in their packaging ‘as if they had been collected from the post office’.
Bizarre details have emerged about the accused’s strange obsession with toys as numerous social media accounts linked to Kelly show a room full of children’s dolls (pictured)
One piece of footage showed what appears to be a room in Kelly’s house filled with the dolls, many of which were still in their original packaging
‘There were around ten or twelve dolls… and it looked like he had picked them up after they were delivered somewhere,’ he said.
‘You could see them in their boxes like he ordered them online. They were all piled in the back of his car.
Kelly was known to buy girls’ toys including Disney Princess and Bratz dolls from the local Toyworld and police have asked the store’s operators for CCTV footage.
Mr Dodd has also said in the days before Cleo was found he saw Kelly buying nappies from a nearby supermarket.
Other profiles allegedly linked to Kelly mention children and family members, but neighbours and friends have said they were unaware of him ever having kids of his own.
An account allegedly linked to Kelly followed one belonging to Cleo’s s mother Ellie Smith, where she begged for help finding her missing daughter.
When police were asked about Kelly’s alleged doll obsession and whether he might have used the toys to lure Cleo they declined to comment.
Terence Kelly is now on remand in Casuarina, which is widely regarded as the toughest prison in Western Australia
Cleo Smith was pictured in her mum Ellie’s arms outside her Carnarvon home on Thursday, 24 hours after her incredible rescue
A tradie who worked on the house told investigators the loner Kelly had a room decorated for a little girl, and claimed he had a young daughter.
The man who was hired to paint the public housing duplex was interviewed by police and told them he had seen a room adorned with doll-lined shelves.
A door to one of the rooms in the house which can allegedly be locked from the outside is also of particular interest to detectives, The Australian reported.
WA’s housing department has a policy to not install locks on internal doors for safety reasons.
Forensic investigators are expected to continue their work at the derelict house until at least Wednesday, having already removed a significant amount of evidence including carpets from multiple rooms.
Searching the house may take as long as two months.
A leading theory put forward by investigators is that the abduction was not pre-meditated but that Kelly had allegedly been at the Quobba Blowholes campground and stumbled across little Cleo.
Police allege Kelly snatched Cleo from the tent she was sharing with her mum Ellie Smith, stepdad Jake Gliddon and baby sister Isla.
Terence Kelly’s duplex in Carnarvon, Western Australia, was swarming with forensic police on Saturday
Bags of evidence were removed, believed to contain contain some of Kelly’s beloved Bratz dolls
Forensic teams are seen leaving the Carnarvon house on Saturday as they continue to scour the scene (pictured)
By the time her family woke up about 6am, Cleo was long gone. She was found 18 days later, alive and well, inside Kelly’s public housing one-bedroom in Brockman, just seven minutes’ drive from her own family home in Carnarvon.
Kelly lives just two minutes from the local police station, and if the alleged abductor drove the most direct route from the campsite to his home, he would have driven past the local police station.
Blowholes to Kelly’s Tonkin Crescent home is an about 50-minute drive, and there was a window of about five-and-a-half hours unaccounted for on the day of Cleo’s disappearance.
Her parents last laid eyes on her about 1.30am, when she asked her mum Ellie for a sip of water.
Detectives are still investigating exactly how Cleo was stolen from her tent with her family an arms’ length away.
Remarkable bodycam footage captured the moment Cleo was rescued by detectives, with the brave little girl clinging to her savior as she is gently spoken to and told she would soon see her ‘mummy’
Police officers bundle evidence wrapped in white plastic into a trailer after combing the property on Saturday
Forensic officers were seen in the backyard of Kelly’s property on Saturday as they searched through piles of evidence
Kelly was known to police for petty crimes he was not on the sex offender list and was not immediately focused on as a suspect.
However, information given to police by telecommunications operators allegedly showed a phone registered to him pinged off the Point Quobba phone tower nearby the campground at 3am, just three hours before Cleo’s parents woke up to find her missing from her tent.
The crucial piece of information led police to investigate Kelly further with detectives understood to have quickly uncovered more links between between him and the alleged abduction – though they have not revealed what these are.
Sources close to the investigation claim the mobile phone data was crucial in helping police to identify Kelly as a prime suspect.
‘His phone was allegedly in the area as part of the data collection,’ a source told The West Australian. ‘That is part of the information that led the taskforce to him.’
Cleo Smith, four, was found alive and well, 18 days after she vanished from her family’s tent at the remote Blowholes campsite in north-west Western Australia
There are at least three new mobile base stations located not far from the remote campsite where Cleo vanished from at Quobba Point, 73km north of Carnarvon, on October 16.
Telecommunication providers then gave police a list of phone numbers that had been used in the area during the times of interest.
Detective superintendent Rod Wilde said the data was then layered with other information before Kelly became a person of interest.
‘So we put the phone data over number plate-recognition data, CCTV, witness accounts, forensics… And when you layer them on top of each other you solve crimes and that is merely what we have done here.’
Police tailed Kelly in an unmarked police car at 11.24pm on Tuesday – just hours before they raided his housing commission home at Carnarvon at 1am on Wednesday.
Detective senior sergeant Cameron Blaine said officers had been waiting for Kelly to ‘go mobile and leave the premises’.
‘It was clear in my head what had to occur so it was: ‘OK, let’s do that’.’
Dashcam footage from a passing taxi captured the moment Kelly was pulled over by the unmarked police vehicle as he drove down Robinson Street.
Police tailed Kelly in an unmarked car at 11.24pm on Tuesday – just hours before they raided his housing commission home at Carnarvon at 1am on Wednesday
A second unmarked police vehicle pulls up in front of the parked car to prevent any chance of escape.
A bystander recalled watching police then pin Kelly to the ground before arresting him.
‘We saw one of the detectives on top of the guy pinning him down on the curb… you know really vigorously,’ they said.
With their prime suspect now in handcuffs, detectives made the decision to search his housing commission home at 12.46am on Wednesday.
‘I just saw a little girl sitting there and didn’t think about anything else than picking her up,’ detective senior constable Kurt Ford said.
A beaming Cleo is seen from her hospital bed after she was rescued by police on Wednesday
Kelly faced Carnarvon Magistrate’s Court on Thursday afternoon, where he was formally refused bail until his next appearance in December.
Police warned Cleo’s parents to wait until specialist child abuse detectives formally interview the four-year-old before talking about the traumatic events with her.
A heart-warming audio clip of the moment detectives first found Cleo alone in a room playing with toys was also heard for the first time on Thursday.
Sergeant Blaine can be heard asking the little girl ‘what is your name?’ three times before she finally falteringly replied: ‘M-my name is Cleo.’
He said police have tried to share as much information they can with the parents but at this stage investigators are still piecing all the details together themselves.
CLEO DISAPPEARANCE TIMELINE
By Olivia Day for Daily Mail Australia
Friday, October 15
Cleo along with her mother Ellie Smith, her partner Jake Gliddon and her little sister Isla Mae arrive at the Blowholes campsite around 6:30pm.
They had a ‘quiet’ night and arrived at sunset.
Saturday, October 16
1:30am: Parents’ last sighting of Cleo in the tent she shared with her parents and baby sister when the four-year-old asks for some water.
6.23am: Ellie calls 000 to report her eldest daughter missing as she continues to search the camp ground.
6.30am: The first two officers are dispatched from Carnarvon police station. They travel to Blowholes as a matter of priority, with sirens and lights.
6.41am: A second police car with another two officers is sent to Blowholes, also with lights and sirens.
7.10am: The first police car arrives. The second is only minutes behind.
7.26am: Police on the scene establish a protected forensic area which is taped off to the public, surrounding the family tent where Cleo was last seen.
7.33am: A drone operator is called upon to search from the skies.
7.44am: A third police car is dispatched to the Blowholes.
8am: Family and friends of Cleo’s parents begin to arrive to help with the ground search.
Another group of detectives briefly searches Cleo’s home to make sure she’s not there.
They then head to Blowholes and begin stopping cars coming into and leaving the area.
8.09am: A helicopter from a local company arrived at the scene and started searching as police request an SES team attend the Blowholes search.
8.24am: Police air-wing and volunteer marine searchers are called in to assist with the search.
8.34am: Roadblocks are set up at the entrance of Blowholes as detectives gather the names, registration details and addresses of people coming and going. Police search cars.
9.25am: Nine SES personel arrive at the Blowholes to assist with the search.
Investigators, bounty hunters and officers from the Australian Federal Police have spent two-and-a-half weeks searching for missing four-year-old Cleo (pictured)
9.30am: Detectives sit down with a distressed Ellie and remain by her side for the rest of the day while other search crews hunt for Cleo.
11am: Homicide detectives from the Major Crime Division are called and begin travelling from Perth to assist with the search.
1pm: More homicide detectives and search experts are flown in from Perth.
3pm: Officers and search experts arrive in Carnarvon to offer their expertise.
Sunday, October 17
Ms Smith takes to social media to plead for help finding her missing daughter.
A Facebook post uploaded at 1:45am on Sunday which said: ‘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 see anything at all please call the police!’
Police suggest Cleo may have been abducted.
Monday, October 18
Police release an image of the red and grey sleeping bag missing from Cleo’s tent.
Cleo’s biological father is interviewed by police in Mandurah and is asked to provide a statement, which he does so willingly.
WA Police with the help of SES members, volunteers and aircraft continue the land hunt for Cleo, with officers searching nearby shacks and vehicles in the area.
Tuesday, October 19
Cleo’s mother Ellie Smith and her partner Jake Gliddon front the media for the first time and describe the terrifying moment they realised the little girl was missing.
Ms Smith says her four-year-old would never have left the tent by herself.
Police release new images of Cleo and the pink and blue one-piece she was wearing the night she went missing to aid the investigation.
Investigators urge anyone who was at the campsite or in the vicinity on October 15 to get in contact with police.
Wednesday, October 20
Police reveal the zip of the family tent, which was found hanging wide open by her mother at 6am on Saturday morning, was too high for Cleo to reach.
Officers say they ‘haven’t ruled out’ reports from campers who heard the sound of screeching tyres in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Deputy Police Commissioner Daryl Gaunt confirms officers are investigating the whereabouts of 20 registered sex offenders in the Carnarvon area.
Thursday, October 21
The WA Government offers a $1million reward for information that leads to Cleo’s location announced by WA Premier Mark McGowan.
‘All Western Australians’ thoughts are with Cleo’s family during what is an unimaginably difficult time,’ Mr McGowan said.
‘We’re all praying for a positive outcome.’
The speed of the reward being issued – within days of her disappearance – was unprecedented.
Pictured: Police are seen examining rubbish left near the Blowholes campsite in remote WA
Monday, October 25
WA Police confirm Cleo was definitely at the camp site – on CCTV footage on a camera installed inside a beach shack just 20 metres from the family tent she disappeared from.
Tuesday, October 26
Forensic officers and detectives spent much of the day at her home in Carnarvon, 900km north of Perth, on Tuesday and left with two bags of evidence.
Although investigators had been to the home before, this was the first time they thoroughly searched inside with a forensics team.
Acting WA Police Commissioner Col Blanch said the search of the family home was ‘standard practice’ and did not indicate they were suspects in Cleo’s disappearance.
Wednesday, October 27
WA Police forensics officers return to the Blowholes campground and are seen collecting soil samples from a number of campfires near shacks in the area.
The federal government announce Australian Federal Police officers had been drafted in to support forensic and intelligence efforts.
Friday, October 29
Police return to the Blowholes camp to analyse the area with drones.
Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde returns to the Blowholes campsite to join the search for Cleo as the search hit the two-week mark.
He confirms national and international agencies are engaged in the search for Cleo.
Sunday, October 31
Detectives go door-knocking at a number of homes along the North West Coastal Highway in the North Plantations, 5km from Cleo’s hometown on Sunday.
Monday, November 1
Detectives sort through mounds of rubbish from roadside bins located hundreds of kilometres away from the campsite she vanished from.
The material was transported to Perth, where forensic officers and recruits sorted through hundreds of bags in search of items that may have helped them find Cleo.
Officers issue a plea for dash cam and CCTV footage from within a 1000km radius of where the four-year-old disappeared.
Police renew an appeal for more businesses in Carnarvon to provide footage and go door to door in an industrial area on the outskirts of the town.
Her elated mother, Ellie, (pictured, with Cleo, her partner and younger daughter) broke her silence the morning Cleo was found, sharing a series of love heart emojis on Instagram
Wednesday, November 3
After two-and-a-half weeks of searching Cleo Smith is found alive and well in the early hours of November 3.
WA Police Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch confirmed just before 7am AEST that little Cleo is alive and well and had been reunited with her relieved parents.
‘One of the officers picked her up into his arms and asked her ‘what’s your name?’ he said. ‘She said: ‘My name is Cleo’.’
Ellie Smith posted to social media: ‘Our family is whole again’.
A Carnarvon man is currently in custody and being questioned by detectives.
On October 19, Ellie Smith (pictured) and her partner Jake Gliddon fronted the media for the first time and begged the public to report any information ‘big or small’
‘We share with them what information we can. They know what they need to know,’ Senior Sergeant Blaine said.
‘Obviously it’s still a time where we’re exploring all the facts. We’re getting information from, still, a number of different sources. Some of that information is completely wrong.
‘So we’re careful about what information we share with people, we want to make sure we’re 100 per cent sure of the facts.’