Cleo Smith search: Police reveal staggering amount of ‘sightings’ of little girl across Australia

Daryna ZadvirnaThe West Australian
VideoForensic police return to the site of Cleo Smith's disappearance.

There have been more than 200 reported sightings of Cleo Smith across the country since she vanished, police have revealed.

Despite the staggering amount of tip-offs from the public nationwide, Det-Supt Rod Wilde said none had turned out to be the missing four-year-old girl, after thorough investigations by police.

“Unfortunately all of those have proved unfruitful,” he said.

“That’s been national as well, other policing jurisdictions have helped us and followed those leads through for us, so we’re very grateful for that.”

Supt Wilde — the head of the taskforce dedicated to finding Cleo — also revealed more than 100 people who had stayed at the Blowholes camp site from which she vanished from 13 days ago were interviewed by police.

He said there are currently no suspects at this stage of the investigation.

“We do however believe there are still other campers that were staying in that Blowholes vicinity who we have not yet identified,” Supt Wilde said.

Missing girl Cleo Smith, 4.
Camera IconMissing girl Cleo Smith, 4. Credit: Facebook / Ellie Smith/Facebook / Ellie Smith

The veteran detective also said police are yet to identify the driver of the car seen turning off the Blowholes Road about 3am on the night Cleo disappeared but said he was “confident” police would find out what happened to her.

“I’m very hopeful and confident that we’ll resolve this and find out what happened to Cleo,” he said.

He reiterated that the forensic search of Cleo’s parents’ home was routine.

“It’s part of what we do in major investigations like this,” he said.

“Just so we don’t miss anything — leave no stone unturned.”

Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde.
Camera IconDetective Superintendent Rod Wilde. Credit: Jackson Flindell/The West Australian

Supt Wilde and Assistant Commissioner Brad Royce arrived in Carnarvon this morning after previously working around the clock to crack the case from Perth.

Before his most recent assignment, Supt Wilde led Taskforce Ravello, the investigation launched in December to investigate the fatal shooting of former Rebels boss Nick Martin — which has led to a former Australian soldier pleading guilty to the gangster’s murder.

It comes after police were once again visiting Carnarvon businesses in the hunt for any clues that might lead them to Cleo, spending this morning in the town’s light industrial area obtaining CCTV footage.

Industrial warehouses and offices were visited as part of the search, mostly along Robinson Road — the main entrance to the Mid-West town.

The Main Roads office and a Shire of Carnarvon depot were among the businesses at which police were seen.

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