Claims woman visited where Cleo was kept and 'brushed her hair'

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Police are investigating the possibility another person was involved in Cleo Smith's alleged abduction, as a report claims a woman was with the girl when she was being held captive.

Investigations are continuing after four-year-old Cleo was found alive last week, following a search which spanned 18 days.

Terence Darrell Kelly has been accused of abducting Cleo and has been charged with various offences including forcibly taking a child under 16.

However, sources close to the investigation reportedly told the Daily Mail that Cleo had said to police another person visited the home before she was rescued.

The house behind large trees in Tonkin Crescent, Carnarvon where Cleo Smith was found.
Four-year-old Cleo Smith, who had been missing for 18 days, was found alone in a house in the WA coastal town of Carnarvon. Source: AAP

According to the publication's unnamed sources, Cleo said a woman "helped to dress her and brush her hair," the Daily Mail reported.

Police investigating if another person was involved

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Detective Senior Sergeant Cameron Blaine said police were investigating whether someone else was involved.

"The focus this week is for us to ascertain whether there was anyone else involved, that’s why we are still here,” he said.

He asked for anyone who had contact with the accused to come forward to the police.

“So, we just ask that if there was anyone that had any contact with Mr Kelly, whether you saw him, whether you met with him, whether you spoke to him on the phone during the relevant period to please make yourself known to police.”

Det Sgt Blaine was one of the officers who rescued Cleo from the home on November 3, in the early hours of the morning.

Cleo was allegedly taken from the Blowholes campsite on October 16. She was later found in Carnarvon, the Western Australian town where she lives and reunited with her family.

Cleo was allegedly abducted from the Blowholes campsite. Source: WA Police
Cleo was allegedly abducted from the Blowholes campsite. Source: WA Police

Police have combed through the Carnarvon home where she was found. The ABC reported detectives were loading evidence bags into forensic vehicles.

7News reported a mobile phone was among the items taken from the home, police previously confirmed phone data was important in the tracking and identifying of the accused.

“His phone was allegedly in the area as part of the data collection,” sources told The West Australian.

“That is part of the information that led the taskforce to him."

Yahoo News Australia has reached out to WA Police for comment.

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