Missing Cleo Smith's parents say they would never hurt her as family home searched

Cleo Smith, four, disappeared from a remote campsite north of Perth, Western Australia more than a week ago when her parents woke up to find she had disappeared from her tent in the middle of the night

Cleo disappeared with her family on a camping trip in the middle of the night

Missing toddler Cleo Smith’s parents said they would “never hurt their daughter” if police ransacked their home.

Cleo Smith, four, disappeared more than a week ago from a remote campsite a few hours north of Perth, Western Australia.

She was on a camping trip with her parents, who woke up to find that she had disappeared from her tent in the middle of the night.

The West Australian police have now searched the family’s home for the third time and are said to have left the house with two bags of evidence.

However, police say her parents are not suspects in her mysterious disappearance.

The home of parents Ellie Smith and Jake Gliddon was searched as part of a “thorough investigation,” said Acting Police Commissioner Col Blanch.

The home of parents Ellie Smith and Jake Gliddon was raided for the third time
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He added, “The parents have only been helpful. We worked very closely with them, they let us into their homes, they let us into their cars, their phones – everything.

“Our job is to eliminate anyone who has been on this campsite and that is a systematic and thorough approach to any investigation.

“That is really the focus of the investigation at the moment.”

Cleo’s parents have vehemently denied being involved in her disappearance, telling the Seven News Flashpoint program, “No way – we love our daughter and we want her at home.

“There is no way that neither I nor Jake could do something to hurt our daughter.

Cleo Smith, four, disappeared more than a week ago from a remote campsite a few hours north of Perth, Western Australia
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“She was taken from our family, from a place where she should feel safe.”

One pilot, who was one of the first to help locate the site, said his aerial view of the grounds around the campsite indicated that it was likely moved out of the area.

Cleo’s parents headed out to find someone to help with the search and asked Justin Borg to use his Coral Coast Helicopter Services team to search from the sky.

Justin said his team spent a full day searching and exploring the countryside – but no trace of Cleo or where she might have been taken.

Cleo disappeared in those pink pajamas
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Cleo also disappeared with her sleeping bag, which she used in a tent
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He claimed it indicated that by the time the first warnings were issued, Cleo was “long gone” from the area.

Justin said, “We were pretty sure she wasn’t around when we did our second search.

“When we’re looking for someone, you can find them very quickly when they’re around.

He added that the colors she was wearing at the time would have been easy to see if she had been visible from the helicopter.

In an update, police said a car was seen at around 3 a.m. on October 16 when Cleo disappeared.

It’s supposed to turn off a road near the campsite where Cleo’s family lived.

A pilot who searched the area shortly after her disappearance said there was no trace of her in the area
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Senior Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde called the evidence “credible”.

“Of course that didn’t matter much back when people were watching,” he said.

“They just got in touch after hearing about Cleo and the news, and realized the importance.

“Fortunately, they got in touch and passed it on to us, so we’re very keen to speak to the person who drove and anyone who was in that vehicle to speak to us.”

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