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Cleo Smith search takes a new turn as WA Police reveal a car was spotted turning off Blowholes Rd during crucial time


WA Police have revealed a “very recent development” in the search for missing four-year-old Cleo Smith.

Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde of the Major Crime Division on Sunday said a car was spotted turning south of Blowholes Rd, towards Carnarvon, just after 3am on the same morning the little girl went missing from her family tent at the Blowholes Campgrounds.

See forensic officers at Cleo’s family home in the video player above

Two people who were travelling together along the North West Coastal Highway for work spotted the car turning right off Blowholes Rd between 3am and 3.30am.

Cleo was last seen by her parents about 1.30am on Saturday.

Her mother Ellie Smith said she woke around 6am to discover the little girl was missing from the family’s tent.

Cleo was camping with her family when she disappeared.
Cleo was camping with her family when she disappeared. Credit: 7NEWS

“We want the person or persons who were in that vehicle to come forward and contact police,” Supt Wilde told reporters at a press conference on Sunday afternoon.

“We want to know who they were and what they were doing.

“The time is not exact but we believe it to have been between 3am and 3.30am.

“We believe it was a passenger vehicle, not a truck.”

Drone vision shows the campsite where Cleo disappeared from.
Drone vision shows the campsite where Cleo disappeared from. Credit: WA Police
Cleo Smith was last seen at about 1.30am on Saturday near the Blowholes Campground at Macleod, about 50km north of Carnarvon.
Cleo Smith was last seen at about 1.30am on Saturday near the Blowholes Campground at Macleod, about 50km north of Carnarvon. Credit: 7NEWS
Cleo Smith was last seen at about 1.30am on Saturday near the Blowholes Campground at Macleod, about 50km north of Carnarvon.
Cleo Smith was last seen at about 1.30am on Saturday near the Blowholes Campground at Macleod, about 50km north of Carnarvon. Credit: 7NEWS

Supt Wilde said the new witnesses, who he described as “credible sources”, couldn’t police with a detailed description of the vehicle or how many people were inside.

“Obviously at that time when the people observed it, it wasn’t anything of great significance,” he added.

“They just came forward after hearing about Cleo and the news and realised the significance.

“Fortunately, they’ve come forward and passed that on to us so we are keen to speak to the person who was driving and anyone who was in that vehicle to speak to us.”

This is a developing story. More to come.



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