Cleo Smith: Major search launched after 4-year-old disappears from campsite in middle of night in Western Australia

Police in Western Australia are searching for a 4-year-old girl who went missing from a campsite.

Cleo Smith, who was last seen at around 1.30am local time Saturday, was staying in a tent at the Blowholes campsite in Macleod, according to a statement from Western Australia Police Force published Monday.

“Grave concerns are held for Cleo’s safety,” the statement read.

“WA Police are exploring all possibilities and have a number of investigative resources to assist including detectives from the Homicide Squad as well as Forensics and local detectives.”

Cleo was wearing a pink one-piece sleep suit with a blue and yellow pattern, police said, adding that she was last seen sleeping in a red and black sleeping bag.

She is around 3 feet, 7 inches tall with hazel eyes and honey-blonde hair, the statement added.

The rural settlement of Macleod sits between the sea and Lake Macleod, around 30 miles north of the town of Carnarvon.

The family are from Carnarvon and are familiar with the Macleod area as they often go camping there, according to 9 News.

On Monday, officers were searching a number of shacks along the coastline, the police said.
Police have appealed for anyone who stayed at the campsite or had been nearby to contact them.

Cleo’s mother, Ellie Smith, posted an appeal for information on Facebook.

Police Inspector Jon Munday said the authorities were “throwing everything” at the search.

“It’s been reported a sleeping bag is missing. Other than that I really am not at liberty to divulge what else we believe may be missing,” Munday said, adding that marine searches hadn’t found any sign of the little girl.