Grey nomads around the country have been urged to keep an eye out for a missing four-year-old as fears for her safety grow.
Cleo Smith disappeared from the Blowholes Campsite near Carnarvon in WA on Saturday, sparking a massive search.
Police now say they believe the girl was abducted, and the WA government is offering a $1 million reward for information about her disappearance.
Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde said police are appealing for information, and say their search has now stretched beyond WA’s borders.
“We have been in touch with all jurisdictions around Australia, if anyone nationwide has information that could be relevant, contact Crimestoppers,” he said. “We have got the nation looking for Cleo … today’s announcement is to say everyone needs to be looking for Cleo.”
The child was last seen in her family’s tent about 70 kilometres from the Gascoyne town of Carnarvon. She vanished at some stage during the night, and her parents woke to find both Cleo and her sleeping bag were gone and their tent was unzipped.
Six days after the disappearance, the search in the area surrounding the campsite has remained in full swing.
However, Acting Commissioner Col Blanch said the search at the campsite would enter a new phase within the next 24 hours.
“The land search for a person wandering off will conclude, the search for evidence and exhibits continues,” he said. “We will still keep people up there, we will still be searching forensically.”
Cleo’s mother, Ellie, has made an emotional appeal for the safe return of her daughter and has implored anyone with information to contact police.
Police say they are still hopeful they will find Cleo alive, but hold grave fears for her safety.