Daily US Times: A four-year-old girl missing for 18 days has been found alive and well in a locked house, police have said. The girl has lost in a remote part of Western Australia.
On 16th October, Cleo Smith went missing from her family’s tent at a campsite near the town of Carnarvon, triggering a massive search.
A 36-year-old man is in police custody and being questioned by detectives.
In the early hours of Wednesday, police smashed their way into a home in Carnarvon, following forensic clues.
In a statement, Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch from WA Police said: “They found little Cleo in one of the rooms. One of the officers picked her up into his arms and asked her, ‘What’s your name?’ She said ‘My name is Cleo’.”
The girl has been reunited with her parents, who had made desperate pleas for her return.
Her mother, Ellie Smith, wrote on Instagram: “Our family is whole again.”
Police footage of Cleo’s rescue showed her “smiling” and “as well as we could expect in the circumstances”, said Commissioner Chris Dawson. The girs received medical care.
The man in custody has no connection to the Smith family, authorities say adding that no charges have been laid.
The house where Cleo was found is about 6 minutes’ drive from her family home in Carnarvon, which has about 5,000 residents.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted it was “wonderful, relieving news”. Commissioner Dawson said: “I think Australia is rejoicing.”
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