Cleo's adorable reaction to seeing HER OWN missing persons poster

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Cleo Smith's mother has revealed her daughter's reaction to her own missing posters, following her safe return.

Cleo Smith was found alive at a Carnarvon home on Wednesday morning and has since been reunited with her family.

The Carnarvon community was ecstatic the four-year-old was found, with several expressing their emotions on local Facebook groups.

A poster offering a $1 million reward for information about missing girl Cleo Smith (4) still stands outside Carnarvon airport, 900km north of the capital Perth in Western Australia, Wednesday, November 3, 2021.
The missing persons posters of Cleo Smith seen around Cararvon and other parts of WA. Source: AAP

In an effort to find Cleo, her face was plastered everywhere, from missing child signs to the Perth Digital Tower in Yagan Square.

In one community group on Facebook, one man asked people in Carnarvon to remove the posters and car stickers, after news broke Cleo had been found.

"It’s going to be hard enough for her parents to deal with the trauma of the last 19 days without seeing constant reminders," he said.

Many people said they were happy to oblige, with a few saying taking the stickers off their cars was the best feeling.

A sign offering a $1 million reward for information on missing girl Cleo Smith was displayed on a digital tower in Yagan Square digital in Perth, Saturday. Source: AAP
A sign offering a $1 million reward for information on missing girl Cleo Smith was displayed on a digital tower in Yagan Square digital in Perth, Saturday. Source: AAP

However, one person said they would prefer to keep theirs on so Cleo could "see how special she is to not only her Family but to everyone in this Community".

"To show all the amazing work everyone done to find her, yes it might be painful but everything that has happened will make this family stronger," they said.

Ellie Smith, Cleo's mother responded to the comment and revealed what Cleo thought about the posters.

"Cleo has seen her photo," Ms Smith said. 

"She thought it was beautiful."

Cleo Smith was found alive and has been reunited with her family. Source: AAP
Cleo Smith was found alive and has been reunited with her family. Source: AAP

While some in the community will likely still remove the bumper stickers and missing child posters, the town has made new signs to welcome Cleo home.

Carnarvon resident Anthony Nayar told Yahoo News Australia Cleo's safe return means "everything to everybody" in the town.

“It's the best news, everyone is really relieved. It’s all anyone is talking about,” he said.

Shire of Carnarvon president Eddie Smith described Cleo's Wednesday as a 'joyous day", while paying tribute to Cleo's family, the police and the community.

Cleo Smith in the arms of a police officer talking to Detective Cameron Blaine. Source: Western Australia Police via AP
Police smashed their way into a suburban house on Wednesday and rescued Cleo Smith. Source: Western Australia Police via AP

'On behalf of the Council and staff at the Shire, I pay a special tribute to Cleo's parents, Ellie and Jake and their whole family who have remained strong and positive throughout these 19 anxious long days," he said.

"We would also send our warmest and most heartfelt thanks to the WA Police for their incredible dedication, diligent work and tireless efforts that have resulted in them bringing little Cleo home.

"To the Carnarvon Community - you have shown what community is all about. You have supported Ellie and Jake, you have supported the police, you have taken every measure to help bring about this result. I have never been prouder to be the Shire President of Carnarvon."

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