A DESPERATE search has been launched for a girl, 4, who vanished from her family’s tent while camping in Australia’s wild Outback.
Cleo Smith disappeared wearing just her pyjamas after her parents last saw her at 1.30am – only to awake at 6am to find her gone.
The family were staying at the Blowholes Campsite near Macleoad about 50 miles north of Carnarvon.
She was wearing a bright pink pyjama suit with blue and pink flowers and butterflies printed on it when she was last seen.
Cleo disappearance has been described as ‘very unusual” as a massive search operation has been launched across the area in western Australia.
Search and rescue teams, helicopters, police officers and locals are all stepping in the desperate hunt for Cleo.
Social media posts requesting help to find Cleo have also been shared thousands of times.
Cleo’s mum Ellie raised the alarm and shared pictures of the little girl on Facebook alongside a plea for help.
The post has been shared 21,000 times as strangers volunteer the join the desperate hunt.
“Last seen 1:30am and gone when woken up at 6am from our shared tent. Very very unusual for Cleo,” she said.
“PLEASE if you see anything unusual or suspicious call the police or urgent get ahold of [us].
“We are currently searching high and low with police, SES [Survival Equipment Services] and locals.
“Wearing the bright pink suit in photo.”
Attached was two pix of Cleo – one wearing her distinctive pyjamas and another wearing a white top with gold heart and a frilly skirt.
Carnarvon Shire president Eddie Smith said the family were well known locals and were part of the tight knit community, reports The West Australian.
“Everybody is hoping for the best,” he said.
The Blowholes Campground – also known as Point Quobba – is known for its views of the Blowholes, where jets of water shoot out through narrow gaps in the rocks.
Tourism pages of the campsite describe it as accessible up a bitumen road – and locals are urged to bring with them fuel, food and water.
“There are no facilities or shops nearby”, one reads.
The pitches at the campsite are unpowered and it is recommended it is only suitable for those who are “self-sufficient”.
And the only contact with the outside world is a daily visit from a ranger who attends to check registrations.
Another tourist site warns that “large sharks” are often seen coming close to the shore near the Blowholes.
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