Cleo Smith missing update – Police SEIZE CCTV footage of vehicle leaving campsite as girl's mum makes heartbreaking plea

POLICE investigating the disappearance of Cleo Smith want to speak to the driver of a car seen in the area on the morning of her disappearance.

The vehicle was seen turning south off Blowholes Road between 3am and 3.30am at the Blowholes campsite, a remote location north of Carnarvon.

Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde said the reported sighting of the car was a “very recent development” in the investigation.

He said: “We want the person or persons who were in that vehicle to come forward and contact police. We want to know who they were and what they were doing.”

Meanwhile, police investigating the possibility someone had been scoping the house in the days and weeks prior to Cleo’s disappearance said there was no evidence the family was being stalked.

Detective Superintendent Wilde said a search for fingerprints and other evidence on the outside of the home was “part of standard investigations of this nature”.

“There’s no evidence, there’s no information that Cleo was stalked at all,” he added.

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

  • Louis Allwood

    ‘There is still hope’ for Cleo

    The mother of a West Australian girl kidnapped and killed more than two decades ago has said “there is still hope” in Cleo’s disappearance.

    Margaret Dodd, whose daughter Hayley was abducted and killed by Francis John Wark in 1999, told 7 News she could “feel the pain” Cleo’s loved ones were going through.

    “It just brings it all back, because you know what you’ve gone through and you’re hoping that your little one will be found alive,” she said.

    “Everything has been thrown at looking for this little girl and that really makes me very happy. There is still hope.”

  • Louis Allwood

    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.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Cleo voice heard on CCTV footage from nearby beach shacks

    Rod Wilde also revealed Cleo’s voice was heard on the CCTV footage from nearby beach shacks the day before she disappeared.

    “It was just after they arrived, it’s motion-sensitive so it was by (their vehicle),” he said.

    “It’s very limited … we’ve reviewed that and we believe it’s Cleo’s voice that’s heard on the CCTV.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Police want to interview driver of car seen in area at 3am

    Police investigating the disappearance of Cleo Smith want to speak to the driver of a car seen turning south off Blowholes Road between 3am and 3.30am on the morning the four-year-old vanished from a campsite north of Carnarvon.

    Detectives believe Cleo was taken from her family’s tent in the early hours of last Saturday morning.

    Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde said the reported sighting of the car was a “very recent development” in the investigation.

    “We want the person or persons who were in that vehicle to come forward and contact police,” Wilde said.

    “We want to know who they were and what they were doing.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Cleo Smith’s stepdad breaks silence

    CLEO Smith’s stepdad has broken his silence over the disappearance of the four-year-old.

    Little Cleo was reported missing in the early hours of the morning last Saturday after her parents could not find her at the campground where they were staying in Western Australia.

    The youngster’s stepfather Jake Gliddon shared an image of Cleo’s missing poster to his Instagram story, the first time he has posted about her disappearance.

    And in a series of posts to her Instagram stories alongside images of Cleo, her mum Ellie Smith wrote: “We all need her home.”

    “Where are you baby,” she captioned another image.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Investigators have spoken with 20 sex offenders but none are suspects

    Investigators had spoken to up to 20 registered sex offenders in the Carnarvon area, but there were no suspects.

    “Given the information now that we’ve gleaned from the scene, the fact that the search has gone on for this period of time and we haven’t been able to locate her … it leads us to believe that she was taken from the tent,” Det Supt Rob Wilde said.

    He said authorities were keeping an open mind in relation to whether Cleo may have been taken by someone known to her.

    Cleo may have been driven eight hours away from the campsite where she was last seen, cops suggested as they piece together the her whereabouts.

    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.

  • Joseph Gamp

    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.

  • Joseph Gamp

    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.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WA Premier says every resource being used to find Cleo

    Mark McGowan, said every resource had been directed to finding Cleo and he urged anyone with information to come forward.

    “We all feel for her and her family and we just want to make sure that we find her as soon as we can, and that every effort is made to uncover her location so that the family can find out where she is,” McGowan said on Sunday.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Explained: What happened the night Cleo went missing?

    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.

  • Joseph Gamp

    ‘There is still hope’ for Cleo

    The mother of a West Australian girl kidnapped and killed more than two decades ago has said “there is still hope” in Cleo’s disappearance.

    Margaret Dodd, whose daughter Hayley was abducted and killed by Francis John Wark in 1999, told 7 News she could “feel the pain” Cleo’s loved ones were going through.

    “It just brings it all back, because you know what you’ve gone through and you’re hoping that your little one will be found alive,” she said.

    “Everything has been thrown at looking for this little girl and that really makes me very happy. There is still hope.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Mapped: Places where Cleo Smith could have been taken

    Cleo may have been driven eight hours away from the campsite where she was last seen, cops suggested as they piece together her possible whereabouts.

    Another suggestion is that Cleo was taken to the town of Kalbarri – some five hours away.

    If this is the case she may have passed through the suburb of Meekatharra, which is 670km south-east.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Investigators have spoken with 20 sex offenders but none are suspects

    Investigators had spoken to up to 20 registered sex offenders in the Carnarvon area, but there were no suspects.

    “Given the information now that we’ve gleaned from the scene, the fact that the search has gone on for this period of time and we haven’t been able to locate her … it leads us to believe that she was taken from the tent,” Det Supt Rob Wilde said.

    He said authorities were keeping an open mind in relation to whether Cleo may have been taken by someone known to her.

    Cleo may have been driven eight hours away from the campsite where she was last seen, cops suggested as they piece together the her whereabouts.

    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.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Posters of Cleo plastered across Western Australia

    As the search for Cleo Smith continues, missing child posters have been plastered far and wide across Western Australia.

    The public have been trying to help law enforcement find answers to her tragic disappearance.

    Posters and photos have been plastered all round the city of Port Hedland, 850km north of Cleo’s last known location. They have also been placed around Perth and it’s Central Business District in hopes that people will come forward with clues.

    In another town centre, Exmouth, and at local supermarkets, the posters feature QR Codes that when scanned bring people to the Facebook group ‘Bring Cleo Smith Home’ which has more than 55,500 members.

    The signs also encourage people to use the hashtag #BringCleoSmithHome on social media.

  • Joseph Gamp

    No indication that family was stalked

    Det Supt Wilde, who is leading the taskforce investigating her disappearance, said the search was “not indicating they’ve [her family] been stalked, nothing like it.

    “In actual fact, if she has been taken, it’s more likely to have been a random event.

    “There is no indication and no evidence that anyone was being stalked.

    “We just want to reassure the community that we do not believe that is the case in this instance.”

    He also explained that officers were carrying out standard searches outside her home to “cover off all bases”.

    He added: “It was predominantly to see if there had been any trespass or anything like that, but nothing of interest has come from that.

    “It’s just part of a thorough investigation and something that we will do in these cases.

    “It’s to gather information and eliminate certain aspects of an investigation.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Cleo Smith’s stepdad breaks silence

    CLEO Smith’s stepdad has broken his silence over the disappearance of the four-year-old.

    Little Cleo was reported missing in the early hours of the morning last Saturday after her parents could not find her at the campground where they were staying in Western Australia.

    The youngster’s stepfather Jake Gliddon shared an image of Cleo’s missing poster to his Instagram story, the first time he has posted about her disappearance.

    And in a series of posts to her Instagram stories alongside images of Cleo, her mum Ellie Smith wrote: “We all need her home.”

    “Where are you baby,” she captioned another image.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    ‘People out there that we want to speak to’

    Citing “credible sources” reporting the vehicle in the vicinity, Det Supt Wilde added that there were also other “people out there that we want to catch up with and to speak to”.

    Cleo was reported missing in the early hours of the morning last Saturday after her parents could not find her at the campground where they had been staying.

    Police have been urgently searching rugged terrain near the remote campsite for the young girl, and now believe she was abducted, saying “grave concerns are held for Cleo’s safety”.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Police appeal for dashcam footage and information

    On Friday police put a public call out for video and dashcam footage from anyone who had been within a 1000km radius of the campsite.

    They are especially interested in any vision taken from:

    • Motel check-ins and communal areas
    • Service stations
    • Truck stops and free camping areas
    • Fast food outlets and bakeries
    • Children’s clothing stores
    • Pharmacies and cosmetic stores
    • Camping stores

    Explained: What happened the night Cleo went missing?

    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.

    Cleo’s mother feels ‘hopeless and out of control’

    “We realised we had to call the cops because she wasn’t here,” said Cleo’s mum Ellie.

    Describing her panic, Ellie said: “Where is she, she needs breakfast, what is she doing? Everything’s going through my head.”

    The mum says she feels “hopeless and out of control”, and added: “Everyone asks us what we need and all we need is our little girl home.

    “She’s beautiful, so sweet, she’s everything you’d want in a little girl to grow up.”

    Investigators have spoken with 20 sex offenders but none are suspects

    Investigators had spoken to up to 20 registered sex offenders in the Carnarvon area, but there were no suspects.

    “Given the information now that we’ve gleaned from the scene, the fact that the search has gone on for this period of time and we haven’t been able to locate her … it leads us to believe that she was taken from the tent,” Det Supt Rob Wilde said.

    He said authorities were keeping an open mind in relation to whether Cleo may have been taken by someone known to her.

    Cleo may have been driven eight hours away from the campsite where she was last seen, cops suggested as they piece together the her whereabouts.

    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.

    • Louis Allwood

      $1million reward

      West Australian authorities have offered a $1million reward for information leading to Cleo’s location.

      Some time between 1.30am and 6am on Saturday October 16, police believe a person unzipped the large family tent and took a sleeping Cleo.

      It has been confirmed the zipper on the tent was found open to a height Cleo could not have reached, seemingly ruling out the possibility she wandered off on her own. Her red and black sleeping bag is also missing.

      The Blowholes campground site is an isolated spot, 30 minutes off the North West Coastal Highway with only one sealed road in and out for tourists, fishers and the handful of shack-dwellers who make their way there.

      Police have also appealed for any dashcam or CCTV footage recorded last weekend within a 1,000km radius of the Blowholes campsite but only as far south as Lancelin.

    • Louis Allwood

      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.

    • Joseph Gamp

      ‘There is still hope’ for Cleo

      The mother of a West Australian girl kidnapped and killed more than two decades ago has said “there is still hope” in Cleo’s disappearance.

      Margaret Dodd, whose daughter Hayley was abducted and killed by Francis John Wark in 1999, told 7 News she could “feel the pain” Cleo’s loved ones were going through.

      “It just brings it all back, because you know what you’ve gone through and you’re hoping that your little one will be found alive,” she said.

      “Everything has been thrown at looking for this little girl and that really makes me very happy. There is still hope.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      Cleo may have been taken across state borders

      Police have not ruled out the possibility Cleo may have been taken across state borders.

      Detectives from the WA Police homicide squad as well as forensics and local detectives are investigating her disappearance.

      They say there is a possibility Cleo may have been driven eight hours away from the Blowholes campsite

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