Cleo Smith search: Ellie Smith’s latest plea for help in finding daughter

Staff WriterThe West Australian

Ellie Smith, the mother of missing four-year-old Cleo Smith, has taken to social media again to issue a plea for information on the whereabouts of her daughter.

Ms Smith shared a poster featuring Cleo’s picture and details of the $1 million reward on offer for information on what happened to the little girl between 1.30am and 6am on Saturday October 16.

That was when Cleo disappeared from the family’s tent at the Blowholes campsite, north of Carnarvon.

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

Since then there has been few breakthroughs in the case, despite the massive police presence which has descended on the area over the past 12 days.

Just after 4.40pm on Wednesday, Ms Smith shared the poster on her Instagram page, along with a simple message: “CALL 1800 333 000 ANY INFORMATION AT ALL.”

The plea came after detectives spent more than seven hours at the Smith family home in South Carnarvon on Tuesday before returning to the property again on Wednesday.

On Monday, Ms Smith and her partner, Jake Gliddon, gave a gut-wrenching interview on 7NEWS’ Flashpoint, detailing the torment the past week had inflicted on them.

“I made sure she was warm, it was quite a windy night, it was overcast, we just tried to make sure she was safe,” Ms Smith said.

The mother said that about 1.30am, she asked Cleo to “get back into bed” after she had a sip of water.

“I put my head through to check on (baby sister) Isla and that was it,” she said.

“That was the last time.”

Ms Smith said her mother’s instinct told her “straight away” that Cleo had not just wandered off — someone had snatched her from their shared tent. It was an act she described as being “absolutely disgusting”.

“I remember thinking, how did someone come into that tent and take Cleo?” she said.

“How, how could someone feel that they could do that to someone, how could someone take my child? My gut just felt sick.

“She was taken, she’s gone. She’s been taken from our family, from somewhere she’s meant to feel safe and she’s been taken.”

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