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Cleo Smith Has Been Found Alive In Western Australia

Stewart Perrie

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Cleo Smith Has Been Found Alive In Western Australia

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Cloe Smith has been found alive in Western Australia.

The four-year-old girl has been missing for 18 days after mysteriously disappearing from her family's campsite.

A massive search and rescue mission was sparked and authorities eventually found her in a house in Carnarvon, which is about 70km from the campsite where she went missing.

Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch said in a statement: "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.

"One of the officers picked her up into his arms and asked her 'what's your name?'"

The girl replied 'Cleo Smith'.

Credit: Ellie Smith/Instagram
Credit: Ellie Smith/Instagram

A man has been taken into custody following the raid and Cleo has been reunited with her parents.

Deputy Commissioner Blanch said "This is the outcome we all hoped and prayed for. It's the outcome we've achieved because of some incredible police work."

He added that detectives will be able to share more information about their search for Cleo as well as how they tracked her down soon.

"For now - Welcome home Cleo," he said.

Cleo was with her family at a campsite at the Carnarvon Blowholes when she disappeared on October 16.

Her family noticed her sleeping bag was also missing from the family tent, according to 9News, and that made the case even more suspicious.

Credit: Ellie Smith/Instagram
Credit: Ellie Smith/Instagram

Authorities abandoned the theory that she had wandered off and instead turned to the idea that she could have been abducted.

Cleo's mother, Ellie Smith posted a heartbreaking statement on Instagram begging for her safe return.

"Every day is getting harder without my shining bright light," she recently wrote on Instagram. "Today she's missed Halloween with her family - her cousins, aunties uncles nannas and pop but most of all her parents and baby sister.

"She needs us and we need her."

Police ended up offering a $1 million reward for information on her whereabouts, which led to loads of West Australian bounty hunters heading to the region to find out what happened.

Thankfully, authorities were able to find the four-year-old safe and well and investigations are ongoing into who was responsible for her disappearance.

Topics: Australia

Stewart Perrie
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