Cleo Smith's first words to policeman after she's found ALIVE in locked house

Cleo Smith, four, has been dubbed “Australia’s Madeleine McCann” after she disappeared in mid-October and police were thrilled to find her alive – a man was arrested

Four-year-old Cleo Smith’s first words when she was found by police a fortnight after her disappearance were revealed (

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The first words of a missing four-year-old when she was miraculously found “alive and well” by the police were, “My name is Cleo”.

Cleo Smith disappeared from a campsite in Australia more than a fortnight ago in a case branded as the country’s “Madeleine McCann”.

Her parents feared the worst after she went missing on October 16 in Carnarvon, north of Perth.

But the police announced on Monday that little Cleo had been found safe and sound.

Her relieved mother Ellie Smith said on Instagram: “Our family is whole again.”

Cleo’s disappearance sparked a frantic search that ended when officers broke into a house and found Cleo in one of the rooms.

Police said a man was arrested after the raid at 1 a.m. at an address in Carnarvon, just under 80 kilometers from the campsite.

Cleo went missing on October 16
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Cleo had disappeared from a remote campsite in Western Australia
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Detectives had previously said they believed Cleo had been kidnapped.

Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch said: “It is an honor to announce that the police of Western Australia rescued Cleo Smith early in the morning. Cleo is safe and sound.

“One of the officers took her in his arms and asked her, ‘What’s your name?’ She said, ‘My name is Cleo.’ “

A short time later, the police were able to reunite Cleo with her family.

The toddler’s mother said her daughter and her sleeping bag were missing in the family tent when the family woke up around 6 a.m.

Her younger sister slept next to her in a cot, while her mother was in a second room in the large tent on the property on Australia’s Coral Coast.

The Deputy Commissioner said: “This is the result that we have all hoped for and prayed for.”

He said “incredible policing” led to Cleo’s rescue but did not provide any further information.

He said the force will have “more to say” in the coming days.

Cleo was lying in a sleeping bag next to her sister when she disappeared
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Her relieved mother Ellie Smith said on Instagram: “Our family is whole again”
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Further details about the suspect are currently not known.

In an emotional statement, New South Wales Commissioner Mick Fuller said his Western Australian counterpart Chris Dawson burst into tears at the news.

Mr. Fuller said he thought the chances of finding Cleo alive were “so slim”.

He added, “The Western Australian police never gave up on Cleo, it was good old-fashioned policing that resulted in her being found alive.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who is currently in Scotland for Cop26 talks, wrote on Twitter: “Our prayers have been answered.

“Thanks to the many cops who were involved in finding Cleo and supporting her family.”

Police drone footage of the campsite and the area where the four-year-old was missing
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According to police, they were at the campsite for less than an hour after Cleo was not found in the tent by her mother.

At 6:23 a.m., a call was logged from Ellie to say that her daughter was missing.

More than 100 people were interviewed on site and the police carried out extensive searches on land and in the air.

“The police arrived at 7:10 am and set up a sheltered post at 7:26 am,” revealed Det Superintendent Rob Wilde last week.

At around 11:00 a.m. homicide investigators were on site and the campsite was searched.

Det Supt Wilde said police responded to around 200 possible sightings of Cleo across the country, but none was the little girl.

“Unfortunately, all of these have proven sterile,” said Wilde.

Drone footage of the campsite where Cleo’s parents sounded the alarm after not finding her in their tent
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“That was also national, other police courts helped us and followed these instructions for us, so we are very grateful for that.”

In the days after Cleo’s disappearance, police officers were seen searching trash cans in the area in hopes of finding discarded clues.

Police said in a statement: “As part of the investigation, officials collected more than 50 cubic meters of garbage from roadside garbage cans to Minilya in the north to Geraldton in the south.

“The garbage was packed in two trucks and transported to Perth, where four forensic scientists and 20 officers spent two days searching hundreds of bags to find items that could help with the investigation.”

The government of the state of Western Australia offered a $ 1 million reward for information leading to Cleo’s whereabouts.

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