Cleo Smith’s voice was heard on CCTV at the campsite where the four-year-old was staying when she disappeared

CLEO Smith’s voice has been heard on CCTV at the campsite where the four-year-old vanished, say cops.

The audio was revealed as police in Western Australia seek the driver of a car seen between 3am and 3.30am on the morning she disappeared from a campsite.

A $1million reward has been issued for information leading to Chloe Smith's rescue


A $1million reward has been issued for information leading to Chloe Smith’s rescue
Cops are still searching for Cleo Smith who was last seen at the Blowholes campsite in Macleod, north of Carnarvon, Western Australia


Cops are still searching for Cleo Smith who was last seen at the Blowholes campsite in Macleod, north of Carnarvon, Western AustraliaCredit: 9News
Police believe she was wearing this floral babygrow


Police believe she was wearing this floral babygrowCredit: AFP

Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde, Western Australia Police, said on Sunday afternoon: “We want the person or persons who were in that vehicle to come forward and contact police.

“We want to know who they were and what they were doing.”

He said that while the reported sighting of the car – seen turning south off Blowholes Road near the Blowholes campsite on WA’s northwest coast – was a “very recent development”, the driver was not a suspect.

Citing “credible sources” reporting the vehicle in the vicinity, Det Supt Wilde added that there were also other “people out there that we want to catch up with and to speak to”.

Cleo was reported missing in the early hours of the morning last Saturday after her parents could not find her at the campground where they had been staying.

Police have been urgently searching rugged terrain near the remote campsite for the young girl, and now believe she was abducted, saying “grave concerns are held for Cleo’s safety”.

Today The West Australian reported that audio of Cleo was recorded on a single CCTV camera at a beach shack just 20 metres from where she was staying, the day before she vanished.

The surveillance device, which records audio and is motion-sensitive, is attached to the front of the building to capture footage of all those entering and leaving the shack.

Police have confirmed that the girl’s voice was heard on the camera, and that the force has taken copies of the footage.

After examining it, they confirmed on Sunday that it showed Cleo was at the campground prior to her disappearance.

Cops have also today ruled out that a stalker may have planned her abduction after prowling the family’s home for days.

There is no indication and no evidence that anyone was being stalked.

Det Supt Rod Wilde

Police say there are “no signs” the missing girl was stalked prior to her disappearance.

The comment was made after forensic officers scoured the outside of her family’s house in South Carnavon for fingerprints in attempts to find any new evidence of her going missing eight days ago.

Det Supt Wilde, who is leading the taskforce investigating her disappearance, said the search was “not indicating they’ve [her family] been stalked, nothing like it.

“In actual fact, if she has been taken, it’s more likely to have been a random event.

“There is no indication and no evidence that anyone was being stalked.

“We just want to reassure the community that we do not believe that is the case in this instance.”

He also explained that officers were carrying out standard searches outside her home to “cover off all bases”.

He added: “It was predominantly to see if there had been any trespass or anything like that, but nothing of interest has come from that.

“It’s just part of a thorough investigation and something that we will do in these cases.

“It’s to gather information and eliminate certain aspects of an investigation.”


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

Some time between 1.30am and 6am on Saturday October 16, police believe a person unzipped the large family tent and took a sleeping Cleo.

It has been confirmed the zipper on the tent was found open to a height Cleo could not have reached, seemingly ruling out the possibility she wandered off on her own. Her red and black sleeping bag is also missing.

The Blowholes campground site is an isolated spot, 30 minutes off the North West Coastal Highway with only one sealed road in and out for tourists, fishers and the handful of shack-dwellers who make their way there.

Police have also appealed for any dashcam or CCTV footage recorded last weekend within a 1,000km radius of the Blowholes campsite but only as far south as Lancelin.

Detectives are “particularly interested” in motel check-in and communal areas, service stations, fast food outlets and bakeries, truck stops and free camping areas, children’s clothing stores, pharmacies and cosmetic stores, and camping stores.

A pilot who was one of the first people to begin the search for Cleo says the four-year-old was probably gone from the area long before police arrived on the scene.

Justin Borg received a desperate call from Cleo’s parents on Saturday morning, pleading for him to help find a missing preschooler.

He quickly sent his Coral Coast Helicopter Services team out to search for the girl, as his group of “world class” musterers scoured the surrounding area waiting for police to arrive.

Mr Borg’s team spent the whole day scouring the landscape, but saw nothing that shed any light on Cleo’s disappearance.

“We were just running out the block of possibilities asking ‘where do we look next?” Mr Borg told The West Australian.


“We were pretty sure she wasn’t in the area when we conducted our second search.

“When we go and search for somebody, if they are in the area you find them really quick. Especially if you are talking abnormal colours,” he added.

Mr Borg said the Pink jumpsuit that Cleo was wearing when she disappeared would have stood out starkly against the landscape.

“We flew at a height where we were just glancing over the country side. And then when we found nothing on the broad area search, we started a more slow and thorough search,” Mr Borg said.

“We made sure we looked under every rock, every tree, and every bush with the chopper.”

On Saturday, the WA premier, Mark McGowan, urged those with any information on the case to come forward as a special task force set up to find the girl continued its investigation.

“There’s over a hundred police personnel on this case, plus volunteers, plus army reserves who are out there searching in the efforts to find Cleo,” McGowan said.

“I just urge anyone who has any knowledge of the location of Cleo, please provide that information to police and assure that we can provide some certainty and information to Cleo’s loved ones and hopefully bring Cleo back safe and sound.”

Investigators had spoken to up to 20 registered sex offenders in the Carnarvon area, but there were no suspects.

“Given the information now that we’ve gleaned from the scene, the fact that the search has gone on for this period of time and we haven’t been able to locate her … it leads us to believe that she was taken from the tent,” Det Supt Rob Wilde said.

He said authorities were keeping an open mind in relation to whether Cleo may have been taken by someone known to her.

Cleo may have been driven eight hours away from the campsite where she was last seen, cops suggested as they piece together the her whereabouts.

Another suggestion is that Cleo was taken to the town of Kalbarri – some five hours away – and may have passed through the suburb of Meekatharra, which is 670km south-east.

Cops are scouring through hours of CCTV footage from a roadhouse 165km north of the campsite as it’s the only northbound road and records every vehicle that passes through.

Police have not ruled out the possibility Cleo may have been taken across state borders. Detectives from the WA Police homicide squad as well as forensics and local detectives are investigating her disappearance.

Police say Cleo may have been driven eight hours away from the Blowholes campsite


Police say Cleo may have been driven eight hours away from the Blowholes campsite
Cleo vanished from her family's tent in Western Australia on Saturday morning


Cleo vanished from her family’s tent in Western Australia on Saturday morningCredit: AFP
Police believe this red and grey sleeping bag could be with her


Police believe this red and grey sleeping bag could be with herCredit: NSW Police Force
Cleo Smith cops fear stalker planned abduction after prowling family’s home for days as police search family’s house


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