$1 MILLION reward offered for information leading to Cleo Smith

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A $1 million reward has been offered by the Western Australian government to anyone who provides information to find missing four-year-old Cleo Smith.

Cleo Smith disappeared from her family's tent early on Saturday morning while camping with her family on WA's northwest coast. Despite an extensive land, sea and air search, she has not yet been found.

WA Premier Mark McGowan on Thursday urged anyone with information to come forward to authorities, as the search in the Gascoyne region enters its sixth day.

A $1 million reward has been offered to help find missing four-year-old Cleo Smith. Source: Instagram
A $1 million reward has been offered to help find missing four-year-old Cleo Smith. Source: Instagram

“It’s a very sad situation, a very difficult situation, our thoughts go to everyone involved especially the family and friends of Cleo,” Mr McGowan said on Thursday.

“We have ensured we have delivered all the resources the police have requested... police are working round the clock to try and find Cleo right now."

A task force has been formed with over 100 police officers to find the missing four-year-old. Police are also urging anyone with footage to come forward.

"Someone in our community knows what happened to Cleo," Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch told reporters on Thursday.

"We will work methodically through that information to get [the] answers that we need. Our priority is to bring Cleo home."

Authorities believe she was taken from campsite

Mr Blanch said there have been "hundreds" of calls to Crime Stoppers since Cleo went missing, adding "everyone" who was at the campsite at the time is a person of interest. 

"Our job is to eliminate everyone who was at that campsite during the time [of her disappearance]....the process of any investigation is one of elimination.

"The reward] tells you we’re seeking the public’s help now. Ninety-nine per cent of people in Australia are willing to come forward just to help. If someone’s involved or knows someone who’s involved, there's a million reasons to come forward. We’re looking for answers now."

Cleo has been missing since Saturday morning. Source: WA Police
Cleo has been missing since Saturday morning. Source: WA Police

Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde said although they hope to find Cleo alive, there is "great concern" for her safety. 

"Given the amount of resources and the detailed search that has taken place, that leads us to believe that she was taken from there," he said.

Cleo Smith’s mum shares heartbreaking post

The reward announcement comes just hours after Cleo's mother, Ellie Smith, shared a heartbreaking post to Instagram, begging her young daughter to come home.

"My sweet girl," Ms Smith posted the photo of Cleo holding an ice cream.

"Come home to me."

Cleo's mother Ellie posted a heartbreaking plea to her daughter on social media. Source: Instagram
Cleo's mother Ellie posted a heartbreaking plea to her daughter on social media. Source: Instagram

On Wednesday, police admitted there was evidence to suggest the four-year-old was taken from a tent at the Blowholes campsite on Western Australia's northwest coast, revealing the family's tent was found open at a height Cleo would not have been able to reach.

Cleo and her sleeping bag were missing when the family woke up at 6am on Saturday.

"We are hopeful that Cleo is still alive and we're operating on the premise that she is still alive, so we're going to keep searching until we find her," Inspector Jon Munday told reporters on Wednesday.

Police are not questioning anyone about her disappearance at the moment.

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