LISTEN: Police release audio of the moment little Cleo is found

Police have released audio of the incredible moment officers found four-year-old Cleo Smith in a locked house in Carnarvon, and if you have tissues nearby you may want to grab them…

In the audio, posted to social media on Thursday, officers can be heard smashing their way into the home, finding the youngster inside one of the rooms.

“We’ve got her,” one officer can be heard saying.


Shortly after, another officer can be heard softly calling for Cleo to “come here” before telling her “I’ve got you bubby”.

Detective Senior Sergeant Cameron Blaine, who was one of four officers who broke into the home in the early hours of Wednesday, then asks the little girl “what’s your name” in a bid to confirm her identity.

After multiple attempts, the youngster finally responds “My name is Cleo”.


The four-year-old vanished from her family campsite on October 16, sparking a frantic nationwide police search that spanned for two-and-a-half weeks.

A 36-year-old man was arrested yesterday over the youngster’s disappearance and remains in police custody.

The motive remains unclear at this stage, however, police have confirmed the man acted alone and that the abduction appears to have been “opportunistic”.

Charges are expected to be laid this afternoon.