Major theory in Cleo Smith case 'ruled out' as rumours swirl

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Western Australia's Deputy Police Commissioner has quashed speculation investigators are looking into a woman involved in Cleo Smith's case.

On Wednesday, Deputy Police Commissioner Col Blanch was asked whether a mystery woman was wrapped up in the police investigation of the accused kidnapper of four-year-old Cleo.

There were reports earlier in the week alleging a woman had visited Cleo while she was allegedly being kept in a home in Carnarvon, following her disappearance from the Blowholes campsite.

"I can rule that out," Dept Comm Blanch told reporters, according to Perth Now.

However, when he was asked if police have ruled out whether another person was involved, he simply said the investigation was ongoing.

Cleo has been found alive and well by West Australian police, locked in a property just minutes away from her family's home. Source: AAP
Cleo has been found alive and well by West Australian police, locked in a property just minutes away from her family's home. Source: AAP

The Deputy Commissioner insisted he would not be making any further comment and said he had "deliberately" stepped away from the investigation and will be letting Taskforce Rodia conduct the investigation. 

"It’s before the courts, the less I say about it, the better it is to have a fair and transparent trial," he said.

"I understand you have to keep asking questions, but at the end of the day, I’ve got to do the right thing by the court process. And I’ll make no further comment."

Speculation someone else was involved came after Detective Senior Sergeant Cameron Blaine said on Monday that police were investigating whether a second person had played a role in Cleo's disappearance.

"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.

Police are still investigating Cleo Smith's case. Source: AAP
Police are still investigating Cleo Smith's case. Source: AAP

Speaking to 6PR on Wednesday, Dept Comm Blanch said there was a long way to go with the investigation.

When pressed on whether more charges will be laid against the accused, Dept Comm Blanch said he "would never say never", though it wasn't something he had been briefed on.

"There is a long way to go ... piecing together what has happened," he said.

"But again the important thing for us is to not speculate, and let the court process take its course."

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