Cleo Smith search: Detectives scouring CCTV at petrol stations as far away as Lancelin focus on two-day window
Detectives scouring CCTV footage from service stations across the Gascoyne and as far south as Lancelin to find a clue that will lead them to Cleo Smith have been focusing their efforts on the 48 hours two days after the four-year-old went missing.
A worker at Better Choice Minilya Bridge Roadhouse, 165km north of Blowholes on North West Coastal Highway, said police were “going through the footage as we speak”, after being contacted several days ago.
Officers have been asking for footage from Monday and Tuesday with at least 12 service stations confirming to The West they had been approached by police for CCTV.
Cleo went missing on Saturday but the Blowholes campground was not locked down by police until Sunday — meaning her potential abductor could have driven her hundreds of kilometres from where she was taken.
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Two detectives visited Caltex Woolworths in Carnarvon earlier in the week as well, where they looked through the fuel station’s computer system.
“They were here all day,” an employee said.
Todd Kym from KCD Fuel Supplies in Carnarvon said police came to take their footage on Wednesday.
“We’ve got four cameras out the front, and we close at 5pm on Friday but out the back it’s 24-hour service so anyone could have used that,” he said.
The search for any sign of Cleo stretched inland too, with the Ampol in Nanutarra also contacted by police.
“The request came through online a few days ago, so we’ve submitted 48 hours’ worth of footage,” a worker there said.
The West Australian contacted more than two dozen service stations and roadhouses in regional WA yesterday, in relation to the investigation.
Of those, more than 12 confirmed they had been approached by detectives and their CCTV taken for analysis.
Cleo went missing from her family’s tent on Saturday morning with police revealing yesterday they believe she was kidnapped. The zipped entry to the tent was open too high for the girl to have opened it herself, police have said.
Her mother Ellie Smith said she would not have wandered off.
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