'Miss her this much': Cleo's 'best friend' makes heartbreaking plea

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The best friend of Cleo Smith, who remains missing remote WA, says she misses her “a lot”.

Naya Forbes told 7News this weekend she wants the four-year-old to “come back”.

“I still miss her a lot now she’s lost,” she said.

“She needs to come home because she needs to be with her family.”

Naya drew a picture of her and Cleo as the search for the little girl has gone on for more than a week.

Lenaya 'Naya' Forbes is pictured with a drawing she did of herself and Cleo Smith.
Lenaya 'Naya' Forbes says she wants her friend Cleo Smith to return home to her family. Source: 7News

Detectives believe she was taken from her family's tent at the popular Blowholes site, on WA's northwest coast, in the early hours of October 16. She was last seen about 1.30am.

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

Police have also launched a fresh appeal for any dashcam or CCTV footage recorded last weekend within a 1000km 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.

Cleo Smith, 4, is pictured.
Police have also launched a fresh appeal for any dashcam or CCTV footage recorded last weekend. Source: WA Police

Community service announcements appealing for information regarding Cleo's disappearance are also being broadcast on radio stations.

Her mum, Ellie Smith, said she woke around 6am to discover the little girl was missing from the family's tent.

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.

Investigators have spoken to up to 20 registered sex offenders in the Carnarvon area, but there are currently 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," Detective Superintendent Rob Wilde said.

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

Police have not ruled out the possibility Cleo may have been taken across state borders.

with AAP

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