#AceNewsReport – Nov.04: Homicide squad Detective Senior Sergeant Cameron Blaine was sitting in the car heading to hospital with rescued Cleo Smith and a family liaison officer, Detective Sergeant Hutchinson, as they made the call that answered the family’s prayers🙏‘s
#AceDailyNews says according to Australian Media Reports: Using battering rams and a crowbar, a team of police officers had minutes before stormed a locked house on Tonkin Crescent in Carnarvon, Western Australia, just seven minutes from her family home according to Watoday: By: Hamish Hastie2.38pm: Updated November 3, 2021 — 2.42pm
What happens next ? Video below…..
W.A Police Report: Cleo Smith Statement from Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch:
It’s my privilege to announce that in the early hours of this morning, the Western Australia Police Force rescued Cleo Smith.
Cleo is alive and well.
A Police team broke their way into a locked house in Carnarvon about 1am.
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’.
Cleo was reunited with her parents a short time later.
This is the outcome we all hoped and prayed for.
It’s the outcome we’ve achieved because of some incredible police work.
I want to thank Cleo’s parents, the Western Australian community and the many volunteers.
And of course, I want to thank my colleagues in the Western Australia Police Force.
I can confirm we have a man from Carnarvon in custody who is currently being questioned by detectives.
We’ll have more to say on the rescue of Cleo as the day unfolds.
For now – Welcome home Cleo.
The officers found Cleo alone in a bedroom and couldn’t quite believe what they were seeing: I wanted to be absolutely sure it was her, so I said ‘what’s your name?’ And she didn’t answer and I said ‘what’s your name?’,” Senior Sergeant Blaine said:
“She didn’t answer again, so I asked her a third time and she looked at me and said, ‘my name is Cleo’. And that was it.”
In footage from police body-worn cameras taken just moments after she was found, Senior Sergeant Blaine can be seen introducing himself to Cleo, who is holding on tightly to another officer.
“My name’s Cameron, how are you? We’re going to take you to see your mummy and daddy, OK? Is that good?”
The girl shyly nods her head to both questions.
Senior Sergeant Blaine described the shock, then elation, that the officers felt.
“To see her sitting there and in the way that she was, it was just incredible,” he said.
“We’d always hoped for that outcome but still we just were not prepared for it, so it was absolutely fantastic.”
Cleo shouted “mummy!” in a tearful reunion with her parents Ellie Smith and Jake Gliddon shortly afterwards, giving them big hugs and kisses.
“To be able to give them that news and then say, ‘please start making your way to the hospital, we’ll meet you there’, was fantastic,” he said.
“We didn’t really have time to prepare them and certainly didn’t want to give them any false expectations about what might happen. We didn’t know ourselves.
“It was really an honour to be able to witness that reunion.”
When asked whether it was the best moment of his career the senior officer said: “Oh, without a doubt.”
Senior Sergeant Blaine said it was evident during Cleo’s rescue that she was physically OK but needed to be taken to hospital to get advice from doctors.
He had seen Cleo several times since her rescue and was amazed at how much energy she had.
“She’s a little energy Energizer Bunny. How she has that much energy … I wish I did. I’m about ready to go to sleep,” he said.
“She was very trusting and very open with us, we wanted to take turns holding her.”
He said police would in time speak to her about her ordeal.
“In terms of recording evidence from people that are so young, you also need to be mindful of their mental health and their welfare,” he said.
A 36-year-old Carnarvon man has been taken into custody to help police with their investigation.
Brockman, the suburb where Cleo was found, sits on the north-western corner of the town known best for its fishing and banana plantations.
Neighbours described the Tonkin Crescent area as “rowdy” and most were shocked that was where Cleo was discovered.
“The houses round there really need to be fixed up,” said a neighbour, who wanted to remain anonymous.
“There are a lot of Homeswest [public housing] units around that area.”
The man also said there were many children living near the home where the four-year-old was found.
“I am just happy she has been found alive. I think we all are,” he said.
The 18-day search has been exhaustive for WA Police who began their investigation at the area surrounding the family’s campsite at the Quobba Blow Holes campground, 50 minutes drive from Carnarvon. It quickly ballooned to a land, air and sea search.
But by October 20 police started working on the theory that Cleo was abducted, even offering a $1 million reward to anyone with information that could help locate her.
They began looking at mobile phone tower pings in the region, scouring through CCTV footage from across the region and even sifting through rubbish.
A key development occurred on October 25 when detectives made a public plea for information about a car that was spotted in the early hours of the morning driving from the campsite towards town.
Lead investigator Superintendent Rod Wilde said the car was “a crucial piece of information”.
Deputy Police Commissioner Col Blanch said it was unlikely the $1 million reward would be paid because, in the end, the miracle came down to old-fashioned police work.
“Humans, good people put information together and that’s what I really want to put it down to,” he said.
“There were lots of things, there were car movements, there were phone movements … the jigsaw fit the puzzle.
“But it took really good intelligence, analysts and detectives and specialists to look at all of that information, put it together and go, ‘you know what, that doesn’t seem right to me’.”
#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Nov.04: 2021:
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