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Cleo Smith's mum has spoken out after the four-year-old girl was found alive and well in Western Australia.
The girl disappeared from her family's campsite at the Quobba Blowholes campground, Macleod, 18 days ago and police feared the young one had been abducted.
After searching high and low for her for more than two weeks, they discovered her locked inside a home 70 kilometres away from where she was last seen.
A man has been taken into custody and authorities are still continuing their investigation into exactly what happened.
But for now, Ellie Smith says she's over the moon that she has her little girl back in her arms.
She wrote on Instagram: "Our family is whole again."
WA Police Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch revealed the good news earlier this morning (November 3) that Cleo had been found.
"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," Deputy Commissioner Blanch aid.
"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?' She said - 'My name is Cleo'.
"Cleo was reunited with her parents a short time later."
No charges have been laid against the man who was taken into custody and authorities say he might not have even been involved in Cleo's disappearance.
Authorities are now looking at how the little girl was able to be snatched without the family or anyone else in the campsite noticing.
"That's what we're trying to resolve, that's what were trying to understand," he said. "We're doing a lot of work forensically ... we've had over 1000 calls to Crime Stoppers.
"Now we're in a stage where we need to forensically go over that ground inch by inch to see what disturbances might be in nearby areas for any sort of evidence that might give an inkling as to what happened.
"It could be tyre tracks, it could be the sleeping bag - it could be anything."
Western Australia Police revealed earlier this week that they're working off the assumption that Cleo's disappearance was opportunistic.
Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde told 6PR Radio: "It's more than likely an opportunistic type event.
"We know they got there ... on the Friday night. It was getting dark and so there would have been limited opportunity for people to observe Cleo at that time."