Cleo Smith search: Forensics scour Cleo’s house looking for clues

Brianna DuganThe West Australian
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Police are exploring whether whoever took Cleo Smith from her tent had visited her family home beforehand, amid fears the abduction could have been pre-meditated.

Forensic officers are at the house of Cleo’s mother scouring the suburban home for any potential evidence that leads to a breakthrough in the mysterious case.

And detectives believe there is a chance that whoever took the four-year-old visited the Carnarvon house.

Several officers are at the scene scoping the perimeter of the house.

A green spray to detect finger prints is on the fence line.

At the moment officers are only focusing on the outside of the house.

They have said it is usual practice in cases like these to examine all possible avenues.

A forensic van is at the scene with officers ready bag any evidence they collect.

Between 10 and 20 registered sex offenders live in the Carnarvon area, but police said this week that there were no suspects.

Police forensics arrive at the home of Cleo Smith’s mother Eli Smith.
Camera IconPolice forensics arrive at the home of Cleo Smith’s mother Eli Smith. Credit: Jackson Flindell/The West Australian
Police forensics in Illingworth Street South Carnarvon, the home of missing girl Cleo Smith’s mother Ellie Smith.
Camera IconPolice forensics in Illingworth Street South Carnarvon, the home of missing girl Cleo Smith’s mother Ellie Smith. Credit: Jackson Flindell/The West Australian
Police forensics arrive at the home of Cleo Smith’s mother Eli Smith.
Camera IconPolice forensics arrive at the home of Cleo Smith’s mother Eli Smith. Credit: Jackson Flindell/The West Australian
Missing Girl Cleo Smith Case. Day 8. Police Forensic arrive at the home of Cleo Smith’s mother Eli Smith. Police dust for prints on the exterior of the house.
Camera IconMissing Girl Cleo Smith Case. Day 8. Police Forensic arrive at the home of Cleo Smith’s mother Eli Smith. Police dust for prints on the exterior of the house. Credit: Jackson Flindell The West Australian
Cleo Smith.
Camera IconCleo Smith. Credit: TheWest

Today marks one week since Cleo vanished from her family’s tent at the coastal Blowholes Campground in Macleod, near Carnarvon in WA’s north.

She was reported missing about 6am last Saturday.

After a week of searching the rugged terrain for the young girl, police confirmed it was likely she had been taken from the tent and a special task force of more than 100 officers was set up to find her.

While the search at the campsite is now over, locals and holiday-makers have been urged to remain on the lookout.

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Detectives have also revealed there are still witnesses from the crime scene who are yet to come forward.

West Australian authorities have offered a $1 million reward for information leading to Cleo’s location.

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 131 444.

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