Police appeal for CCTV and dashcam footage as search for missing four-year-old Cleo continues


Dashcam footage plea: Police appeal for video shot within a mammoth 1,000km radius of Cleo’s campsite to help find the missing girl – as investigators look to call on cops from the William Tyrell case

  • Police asked for CCTV and dashcam footage from within a 1,000km radius of site
  • Authorities offered $1million reward for information leading to Cleo’s location
  • Police discussed contacting NSW detectives involved with William Tyrrell case
  • Search at campsite has ended as campers are expected to able to return Friday 


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Police have appealed for CCTV and dashcam footage from within a 1,000km radius of missing four-year-old Cleo Smith’s campsite – and have considered contacting NSW detectives that are involved in the William Tyrrell investigation.

Detectives have not given up hope of finding Cleo alive but admit all signs point to her having been taken from her family’s tent at the popular Blowholes campsite, on WA’s northwest coast, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

West Australian authorities have offered a $1million reward for information leading to Cleo’s location.

Police have appealed for CCTV and dashcam footage from within a 1,000km radius of missing four-year-old Cleo Smith's campsite

Police have appealed for CCTV and dashcam footage from within a 1,000km radius of missing four-year-old Cleo Smith’s campsite

A land search in the immediate vicinity of the campsite, north of Carnarvon, is winding down and campers are expected to be able to return later on Friday. 

Police are now focusing their attention on a criminal investigation.

WA Police on Friday launched a fresh appeal for any dashcam or CCTV footage recorded within a 1,000km radius of the Blowholes campsite last weekend.

According to the West Australian WA police have considered the possibility of bringing in NSW detectives who were part of the investigations looking into the disappearance of William Tyrrell.

Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde said that he couldn’t discuss information around who would be approached for assistance, but noted that it is common for officers from other states to help. 

WA authorities have offered a $1 million reward for information leading to Cleo's (pictured) location and have considered contacting NSW detectives involved in the William Tyrrell investigation

WA authorities have offered a $1 million reward for information leading to Cleo's (pictured) location and have considered contacting NSW detectives involved in the William Tyrrell investigation

WA authorities have offered a $1 million reward for information leading to Cleo’s (pictured) location and have considered contacting NSW detectives involved in the William Tyrrell investigation

‘It is usual practice to collaborate with officers from other jurisdictions about similar crimes,’ he told the publication.   

Community service announcements appealing for information regarding Cleo’s disappearance are also being broadcast on radio stations.

Cleo was last seen by her parents at about 1.30am on Saturday. Her mother Ellie Smith has said she woke around 6am to discover Cleo was missing from the family’s tent.

It has been confirmed the zipper on the family tent was found open to a height Cleo could not have reached, seemingly ruling out the possibility she wandered off on her own. Her red and black sleeping bag is also missing.

Investigators have spoken to up to 20 registered sex offenders in the Carnarvon area, but there are currently no suspects.

‘Given the information now that we’ve gleaned from the scene, the fact that the search has gone on for this period of time and we haven’t been able to locate her … it leads us to believe that she was taken from the tent,’ Detective Superintendent Rob Wilde told reporters on Thursday.

Supt Wilde said authorities were keeping an open mind in relation to whether Cleo may have been taken by someone known to her.

Police have not ruled out the possibility Cleo may have been taken across interstate borders.

A land search in the immediate vicinity of the campsite, north of Carnarvon, has winded down as campers are expected to be able to return later on Friday (Pictured: Cleo Smith's tent)

A land search in the immediate vicinity of the campsite, north of Carnarvon, has winded down as campers are expected to be able to return later on Friday (Pictured: Cleo Smith's tent)

A land search in the immediate vicinity of the campsite, north of Carnarvon, has winded down as campers are expected to be able to return later on Friday (Pictured: Cleo Smith’s tent)

‘We’ve been in touch with all jurisdictions around Australia,’ Supt Wilde said.

‘We want to get this information out there and if anyone Australia-wide has information that could be relevant to the investigation, we ask that they call Crime Stoppers.’

Acting police commissioner Col Blanch said an analysis of CCTV vision from a nearby shack had placed Cleo at the campsite on the night in question.

‘This investigation is wide open,’ Mr Blanch said.

‘We will consider any possibility … we’re hoping for answers from the community.’

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