The heartbroken mother of a four-year-old girl who went missing 24 hours ago from her family’s tent has shared a desperate plea to help find the toddler.
Cleo Smith was last seen at about 1.30am on Saturday at the Blowholes campsite on the coast at Macleod, north of Carnarvon, in Western Australia.
When her family woke at about 6am, young Cleo was nowhere to be seen.
In a Facebook post on Saturday morning mum Ellie Smith wrote: ‘It’s been over 24 hours since I last seen the sparkle in my little girl’s eyes! Please help me find her’.
‘Last seen 1.30am and gone when woken up at 6am from our shared tent. Very very unusual for Cleo. Please if you see anything unusual or suspicious call the police’.
The young girl was wearing a pink one-piece sleepsuit with a blue and yellow pattern when she was last seen.
A full scale search took place on Saturday and will continue again from first light on Sunday.
The crews consisted of land, air and sea teams searching the coastline in and around campgrounds nearby where the family was staying.
The Blowholes campsite, also known as Point Quobba, is known for its scenic views of blowholes.
Carnarvon Shire president Eddie Smith told The West Australian the family were well-known locals, and the community were out in force helping with the search.
‘Everybody is hoping for the best,’ he said.
‘The community is deeply concerned. Everyone is trying to jump onboard and do what they can to help and we are all praying for a positive outcome.
‘It is a terrible feeling but I just implore everyone to remain positive and keep positive and keep thinking like that.’
Carnarvon buildings and shopfronts were also assisting with the search, with posters being placed urging anyone with information to contact police.
Users flooded to Ms Smith’s post: ‘I can’t stop thinking of her. I hope she is found safe and well,’ one commenter wrote.
While another added: ‘I pray your daughter is found safe, what a reunion that will be. Stay strong, Your family is not alone’.
Police aren’t ruling out the possibility she has been abducted, after urging every newsroom in Western Australia to broadcast details of the missing girl on Saturday.Internet Explorer Channel Network