Detectives knock on the door of WA homes in search

Detectives are investigating the disappearance of Western Australian girls Cleo Smith, has door knocked home as the hunt for an abductor goes into a third week.

Police have visited a number of homes in North Plantations, about 5 miles from Carnarvon along the North West Coastal Highway, in search of the four-year-old.

The reason for the visits has not been made public, but police are gathering new information every day in their investigation.

Cleo Smith disappeared without a trace from a small campground in WA and is feared abducted.
Cleo Smith disappeared without a trace from a small campground in WA and is feared abducted. (Included)

Drone searches were also conducted again at Blowholes – a campsite popular with locals over the weekend – where Cleo was last seen.

Cleo Smith’s mother Ellie has continued her prayer on social media to help bring her daughter home.

Ms Smith also posted a photo of missing persons, asking everyone with information to contact police.

Detective Inspector Rod Wilde of WA Police’s Major Crime Division said yesterday that police had received some questions about police response the day she was reported missing.

Search for missing Cleo Smith
Search for missing Cleo Smith (9 news)

He confirmed that Mrs Smith first called police shortly before noon. 06.00 local time on 16 October.

Two police cars arrived at the blowholes not long after 7 p.m., he said.

Family friends arrived after 8 a.m. to help with the search, and police set up a roadblock just after 8:30 p.m.

Officers later requested drone and SAS assistance, and at 11 a.m., detectives from the Major Crime Division were deployed.

Superintendent Wilde said there was nothing unusual in the length of time between police arrival at the scene and the roadblock being set up.

The Blowholes campground near Carnarvon, where Cleo Smith disappeared, continued to be searched.
The Blowholes campground near Carnarvon, where Cleo Smith disappeared, continued to be searched. (9 news)

“Obviously, the first police officers had to determine what had happened,” he said.

Superintendent Wilde said cars were searched at Carnarvon Blowholes all day after police arrived and that on-site visitors were helpful to police.

He said it is a possibility that Cleo had been missing for hours when police were first called.

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