First photos of Cleo and her mum emerge after being reunited

·News Reporter
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Cleo Smith has been pictured in her mum’s arms for the first time after spending her first night back with her family in nearly 20 days.

The four-year-old disappeared from a Blowholes campsite on October 16 where she was staying with her family but miraculously after 18 days missing, police found Cleo locked in a Carnarvon home not far from where she lives on Wednesday about 1am.

Cleo was pictured being carried by her mum Ellie. The little girl was seen clutching a pink balloon while wearing a flowery dress. 

Ms Smith then loaded her into a white car.

Cleo Smith, 4, and her mum Ellie Smith are seen leaving a house where she spent her first night after being rescued in Carnarvon
Cleo Smith, 4, being carried by her mum Ellie outside their home. Source: AAP

Homicide detective Cameron Blaine, who was among Cleo's rescuers, spent time with the family on Thursday and said the little girl appeared to be holding up well.

"I can only see her from the outside. But from that point of view, I'm amazed that she seems to be so well-adjusted and happy," he said.

"It was really heartwarming to see that she's still bubbly and she's laughing.

"She's falling asleep in her mother's arms. There was one occasion where she asked if she could lay next to mum and have Ellie look at her while she fell asleep.

"It's really good to see that she's adjusted, she's getting some sleep, she's playing in the backyard exactly how you would expect."

Earlier, WA Premier Mark McGowan paid Cleo a visit and told reporters some anecdotes about meeting the little girl who made headlines across the globe.

“She was eating an Icy Pole. She spilled it everywhere. She told me it was very, very sticky which I believed,” Mr McGowan said with a smile.

Cleo Smith, 4, and her mum Ellie Smith are seen leaving a house where she spent her first night after being rescued in Carnarvon.
Cleo and her mum leave the home. Source: AAP

Cleo’s reunion with her parents was understandably an emotional one.

WA Police Detective Senior Sergeant Cameron Blaine told reporters on Wednesday a lot of tears were shed. He was also on the scene when Cleo was rescued.

Det Sgt Blaine said Cleo's family was "ecstatic" with "absolute surprise" as they were reunited with their little girl.

Det Sgt Blaine asked Cleo three times what her name was in disbelief they had found her.

"Not long after that (we) got into the car and the officer I was with, Detective Sergeant Hutchinson who is the family liaison officer, who called Cleo's parents and said, 'we've got someone here who wants to speak to you'," he said.

Cleo’s mum Ellie showed her relief on Instagram too and wrote: “our family is whole again”.

A 36-year-old man remains in police custody but is yet to be charged with an offence.

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