Disappearance of Cleo Smith, four, from family’s tent in Western Australia ‘extremely concerning’

The disappearance of a four-year-old girl from a Western Australian campsite is “extremely concerning” and police say a search has yet to turn up any answers.

Cleo Smith was last seen about 1.30am on Saturday at the Blowholes campsite on the coast at Macleod, north of Carnarvon.

An air, land and sea search resumed on Sunday morning with help from the State Emergency Service and community volunteers. The girl was wearing a pink one-piece sleepsuit with a blue and yellow pattern when she was last seen.

As the search enters its third day, WA police commissioner Chris Dawson said nothing had been ruled out.

Dawson said the environment in the region was very tough and it was a “very unusual situation where we don’t where Cleo is”.

“Police are not ruling anything in or out. Police are conducting an extensive search of the area,” he told reporters on Monday.

“We’ve brought in forensic trained investigators from our homicide and major crime divisions as well.

“We’re keeping all avenues open. We just want any information concerning Cleo.”

Her mother, Ellie Smith, took to social media early on Sunday pleading for help. “It’s been over 24 hours since I last seen the sparkle in my little girls eyes! Please help me find her,” she posted.

Earlier Smith posted that she had woken at 6am on Saturday to find her daughter wasn’t in their shared tent. She described Cleo’s disappearance as “very very unusual”.

Police said previously they were”fairly confident” they had obtained the identities of all the people who were in the campsite at the time the girl disappeared. They have also gathered intelligence from dashcams and CCTV cameras in the vicinity.

Deputy premier Roger Cook said Cleo’s family was going through “immeasurable pain”.

“All Western Australians’ hearts go out to them,” he said.

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