UPDATE @ 8.30 AM | Cleo Smith’s mother has posted on social media, just hours after her 4-year-old daughter was found at a home in Carnavon.
Police found the girl, who’s been missing for two weeks, alone at a home just 80 kilometres away from where she went missing.
Messages of relief and well wishes for the family have flooded social media this morning, including from Premiers right around the country and the Prime Minister himself.
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Cleo’s mother Ellie has also posted to social media simply saying “our family is whole again”.
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A 36-year-old man is now in police custody and investigations are underway at the home today.
Neighbours told Seven that there was suspicious behaviour in the lead up to the discovery.
The WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson has told ABC that Cleo is alive, well and smiling in the video of the rescue.
“I saw the vision, Cleo is a beautiful little four-year-old girl,” he said.
“She’s as well as we could expect in the circumstances
“She’s alive, well, smiling, so it is a wonderful, wonderful result.”
He also says that Cleo’s mother Ellie and her partner Jake are doing well.
“They’re strong people, they are really strong people.
“They have good support around them
“It’s a wonderful result today but it’ll be a tough journey for them,” Commissioner Dawson told ABC in Perth this morning.
EARLIER @ 6.30AM | ‘Welcome home Cleo’ is the message from WA Police this morning after the 4yo girl who’s been missing for two weeks was finally found alive and well.
Police busted into a home in Carnavon, about 80 kilometres from where Cleo Smith went missing, around 3.00 am this morning.
Officers found her ‘alive and well’ in one of the rooms.
She’s since been reunited with her parents.
While a man is now being questioned by detectives.
“It’s my privilege to announce that in the early hours of this morning, the Western Australian Police Force rescued Cleo Smith,” a statement from Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch reads.
“Cleo is alive and well.
“A police team broke their way into a locked house in Carnavon about 3am.
“They found little Cleo in one of the rooms.
“One of the officers picker her up into his arms and asked her ‘what’s your name?’
“She said – ‘My name is Cleo’.
“Cleo was reunited with her parents a short time later.
“This is the outcome we all hoped and prayed for.
“It’s the outcome we’ve achieved because of some incredible police work.
“I want to thank Cleo’s parents, the Western Australian community and the many volunteers.
“And of course, I want to thank my colleagues in the Western Australian Police Force.
“I can confirm we have a man from Carnavon in custody who is currently being questioned by detectives.
“We’ll have more to say on the rescue of Cleo as the day unfolds.
“For now – Welcome home Cleo,” the statement reads.