The five-word reaction from Cleo Smith’s mum after little girl found

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Cleo Smith's mother has made a touching social media post, after her four-year-old daughter was found alive in her hometown in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Ellie Smith had been advocating for her daughter's safe return on social media since October 16, sharing several heartbreaking posts.

Following the news on Wednesday about Cleo being found alive inside a locked home in Carnarvon, Ms Smith shared a five-word post to Instagram, along with a news alert about her daughter.

Four-year-old Cleo Smith and right with her mum. Source: TikTok/elliesmith2223
Four-year-old Cleo Smith has been found alive in Carnarvon. Source: TikTok/elliesmith2223

"Our family is whole again," she wrote.

People commented on Ms Smith's post expressing their joy for Cleo's safe return, many saying the news had made them emotional.

"Crying tears of joy for you Ellie," one person said in the comments.

"I haven’t stopped thinking of little Cleo. So wonderful you are back together again."

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller revealed to 2GB this morning the WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson was also in tears.

"He said when he got the call this morning he broke down and cried," Comm Fuller said.

"It's such an amazing story."

Speaking to the Today Show, WA Acting Police Commissioner Col Blanch revealed everyone involved in the search was emotional.

"Just an unbelievable outcome I've seen seasoned detectives this morning break down crying," he said.

"I know when the officers picked up Cleo and asked 'What's your name?' and her little voice said 'My name is Cleo', I think there was no one that I know in a state that wasn't crying at that point in WA Police Force."

Cleo Smith was found in Carnarvon, about 70km away from the Blowholes campsite. Source: Yahoo News Australia
Cleo Smith was found in Carnarvon, about 70km away from the Blowholes campsite. Source: Yahoo News Australia

Commissioner reflects on family's reunion

When asked about the reunion between Cleo and Ms Smith, Acting Comm said he's sure the mother will replay that phone call from the police in her head, over and over.

"I think the phone call from police to hear that she had been found is a moment that she will relive in her head over and over again," he said.

"To see to see Cleo in hospital, it's just an amazing outcome for the family. I know they feel complete again as a family and as they should have been from the start."

Acting Comm Blanch said Cleo was taken to hospital as a precaution, saying she is physically okay.

Police have a 36-year-old man in custody and he is assisting investigators with inquiries, however Acting Comm Blanch said he isn't going to limit he man to the only person police are "interested in".

More to come.

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