Cleo Smith search: Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde reveals ‘very recent development’ in missing Cleo case
A car was seen turning south off Blowholes Rd, headed for Carnarvon, just after 3am on the morning Cleo Smith vanished from her parents’ tent at a nearby camp site.
Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde of the Major Crime Division has just revealed the “very recent development” in the missing four-year-old’s case at a press conference in Perth.
Supt Wilde said two people who were travelling together along the North West Coastal Highway in the early hours of Saturday, October 16 saw a car turn right off Blowholes Rd between 3am and 3.30am.
Cleo disappeared — possibly abducted — from her family’s tent between 1.30am and 6am that day.
This comes after police last week confirmed reports that campers had heard the sound of screeching tyres as a car left the campsite about 3am that morning.
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The new witnesses, who were heading north on the North West Coastal Highway for work that morning, were unable to provide police with a detailed description of the vehicle or how many people were inside, but said the car’s headlights were definitely on when it turned south off Blowholes Rd.
“We want the person or persons who were in that vehicle to come forward and contact police,” Supt Wilde said.
“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.”
Supt Wilde said that the witnesses who had come forward were “credible sources”.
“Obviously at that time when the people observed it, it wasn’t anything of great significance,” he said.
“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.”
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