WA Police have revealed how they placed Cleo Smith near the Carnarvon campsite she is feared to have been abducted from in the lead up to the little girl’s suspicious disappearance.
Acting Police Commissioner Col Blanch said today that CCTV vision captured from shacks, near the Blowholes camping ground where the family was staying, had captured the four-year-old.
“There were a couple of CCTV cameras in the area and it’s through an analysis of that,” he told media on the sixth day of the desperate search.
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Mr Blanch added police were yet to look over the vision “forensically” but said it was something that would become “the focus of our investigation”.
It comes as a $1 million reward, the equal biggest ever offered in WA, was put on the table for information which leads to the Cleo’s return.
The little girl vanished from her family’s tent at the Blowholes camping ground in MacLeod, north of Carnarvon, in the early hours of Saturday morning, sparking a large-scale search which has seen crews already cover 20sqm.
“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.
Cleo’s mother Ellie Smith said she and her partner Jake Gliddon had last seen the four-year-old about 1.30am on Saturday in the family’s tent at the Blowholes camping ground.
They woke around 6am, when Cleo’s baby sister Isla wanted a bottle, to discover Cleo was gone and the tent was “completely open”.
“She would never leave us, she would never leave the tent,” Ms Smith said.