The Prime Minister has assured Cleo Smith’s devastated family that the Australian Federal Police are using secret technology and tactics to help find the missing four-year-old girl.
Cleo vanished from her family’s tent at the Blowholes Campground in Macleod, near Carnarvon in Western Australia’s north, on October 16 and Scott Morrison described the situation as “heart breaking”.
“I just want to assure everybody over there in WA, particularly the family and friends of poor Cleo, this is really capturing the minds of the country,” Mr Morrison said on Tuesday.
“It certainly has captured our minds here — our hearts just go out to them.
“But in terms of technology and tradecraft, the AFP have some very advanced capabilities, leading edge, not just here in Australia but all around the world.
“As much as I’d love to reveal exactly what some of those are, and how they’re being used, we certainly can’t talk about that on air.
“But the AFP are there, they’ve joined that process. I’m very pleased to say that they’re helping in every way they possibly can, through their intelligence capabilities, their technology and their forensics abilities.
“I just hope we can find Cleo, I just really do. I just think the whole nation is just waiting and hoping and praying — we certainly are.”
Cleo was last seen in the tent about 1.30am on October 16 when her mum Ellie Smith got her a drink of water. She was reported missing about 6am.
Police fear she was abducted and have announced a $1 million reward for information that solves the mystery.
In an effort to track a potential abductor, police have requested CCTV from a 1000 kilometre radius from Carnarvon, a small town of 4400 people on the WA coast.