Caravans searched as hunt for missing girl continues

Published: October 17, 2021

Police are reportedly searching caravans and campervans at the WA campsite where a four-year-old girl has gone missing.

Little Cleo Smith was last seen at about 1.30am on Saturday near the Blowholes Campground at Macleod, about 60 kilometres north of Carnarvon. She was reported missing when her parents woke at around 6am and realised she had vanished from their shared tent.

Police and State Emergency Service crews from Kalbarri, Geraldton and Carnarvon are continuing to scour the area around the campsite.

The West Australian reports that police have been taking details of caravans leaving the campsite, with the newspaper reporting that it is preferred — but not necessary — for guests to leave the site.

Cars and campervans are being searched by police before the turning off to Carnarvon.

A Carnarvon local said there were up to 60 caravans and tents at the campsite in the recent school holidays.

Many campers and locals from the area have been eager to join the search.

“Carnarvon SES would like to acknowledge the overwhelming response from the community with offers of support and assistance,” Carnarvon SES shared in an update on Facebook on Sunday. “All requirements for the teams are covered as they continue to work today. Rest assured we will reach out to the community when and as the need arises.”

Shopfronts and buildings in Carnarvon are littered with posters asking anyone with information to contact police.

WA police have said they haven’t ruled anything out in the search for Cleo … including the possibility that she was taken.

It is understood the family are familiar with the area and often go there to camp.

Cleo’s mum Ellie Smith made a heart-wrenching plea on Facebook in the early hours of this morning.

“It’s been over 24 hours since I have last seen the sparkle in my little girl’s eyes!” she wrote. “Please help me find her! If you hear or see anything at all please call the police!”

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