'Gravely concerned': Chilling detail after girl, 4, vanishes from campsite

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Homicide detectives have joined the search for missing four-year-old Cleo Smith, as it has been confirmed her sleeping bag is also missing from the family's campsite in Western Australia. 

Authorities have been searching for Cleo for days, after she was last seen at around 1.30am on Saturday, October 16 at the Blowholes campsite on the coast of Macleod, about 950km north of Perth.

The little girl was last seen sleeping in her family's tent in a red and black sleeping bag and was wearing a pink/purple one-piece sleep-suit with a blue and yellow pattern.  

Pictured is missing four-year-old Cleo Smith
Four-year-old Cleo Smith was last seen at 1.30am on Saturday. Source: Ellie Smith/Facebook

She's approximately 110cm tall with honey blonde coloured hair and hazel eyes.

WA Police are exploring all possibilities, including if she wandered away from the site or if she was potentially abducted, and have a number of investigative resources to assist including detectives from the Homicide Squad as well as Forensics and local detectives.

The four-year-old's sleeping bag was missing from the campsite. Source: WA Police
The four-year-old's sleeping bag is also missing from the campsite. Source: WA Police

'We don't know where she is'

Police Commissioner Chris Dawson has now said nothing has been ruled about, saying it was a "very unusual situation where we don't where Cleo is".

"We've brought in forensic trained investigators from our homicide and major crime divisions as well," he told reporters on Monday.

"We're keeping all avenues open. We just want any information concerning Cleo."

Police previously said they were "fairly confident" they were able to identify everyone who was at the campsite where Cleo disappeared.

Cleo Smith was last seen at the Blowholes campsite in Macleod, about 50km north of Carnarvon, in Western Australia. Source: Nine News
Cleo Smith was last seen at the Blowholes campsite in Macleod, about 50km north of Carnarvon, in Western Australia. Source: Nine News

Good weather for surviving the elements

Intelligence from dashcams and CCTV cameras in the area have also been gathered by police.

WA police Inspector Jon Munday previously said Cleo's family had arrived to the area on Friday afternoon

"We are greatly concerned for the safety of Cleo and we aren't leaving anything to chance or ruling anything out," Insp Munday said early on Sunday afternoon.

"We are going as hard as we can for as long as we can."

He said the weather had been "conducive to someone surviving exposure to the elements", despite the harsh environment.

Pictured is Cleo Smith, 4, who was last seen at a campground in Western Australia, in a shared tent with her family.
Investigators are not ruling anything out in the disapearance of Cleo Smith. Source: WA Police

Early on Sunday morning, Cleo's mum, Ellie Smith said in a Facebook post her four-year-old was gone from the shared tent when she woke up at 6am on Saturday.

"It’s been over 24 hours since I last seen the sparkle in my little girls eyes!" Ms Smith said in the post.

"Please help me find her! If you hear or see anything at all please call the police!"

WA Police said Cleo was last seen wearing a pink and purple coloured one-piece sleep suit, with a blue and yellow pattern.

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