The heartbroken mother of Cleo Smith has again taken to social media to plead for information to help find the four-year-old girl as the desperate search enters a sixth day.
“My sweet girl, come home to me,” Ms Smith wrote on Instagram.
“If anyone sees anything at all, please call the police.”
The post has attracted many comments of support from her followers.
“You’re in my thoughts everyday, willing Cleo to be found,” one person wrote.
“My heart breaks for you and your family. I’m sending all my love and all the positivity I can muster your way.”
Cleo was staying in a tent with her family at the coastal Blowholes Campground in Macleod, near Carnarvon in Western Australia’s north, when she was reported missing about 6am on Saturday.
Camera IconCleo Smith’s mother Ellie Smith and her partner Jake Gliddon have spoken about her disappearance. Supplied by ABC News/James Carmody Credit: Supplied
Police have been working to two theories – that Cleo left the tent on her own and wandered off, or that someone abducted her.
The search — which also includes the Australian Defence Force, State Emergency Service and local business volunteers — is continuing and authorities have already scoured more than 20 sqkm.
Police confirmed on Wednesday that one of the zippered entrances to the tent was open beyond a height Cleo could have reached herself.
Her sleeping bag is also missing.
Camera IconWA police drone footage of the campground where Cleo Smith vanished. WA Police Credit: Supplied
Inspector Jon Munday said if someone took Cleo they could have left the campsite before police set up roadblocks around the area.
Police revealed between 10 and 20 registered sex offenders live in the Carnarvon area.
Inspector Munday said police had identified and spoken to any registered sex offenders in the area but had no suspects in relation to the case.
Camera IconThe mounted police are part of the search efforts. The West Australian Credit: Supplied
While police were bracing for a “nightmare scenario” that Cleo was taken, Inspector Munday said they remained hopeful that Cleo was still alive and were still giving equal weight to the theory that she wandered off.
“We will be here until we are satisfied that Cleo is not in this area,” he said.
Inspector Munday said Ms Smith and Cleo’s stepfather Jake Gliddon would remain in the area.
“They don’t want to leave and that’s completely understandable … as you can imagine, they don’t know what to do, they’re distraught,” he said.
A GoFundMe page has been set up by local man Bill Kent to help Cleo’s family and the search efforts, so far raising more than $61,000.
Anyone with information is urged to call police on 131 444.
Anyone who passed through the area is also urged to come forward, especially if they have dashcam footage.Internet Explorer Channel Network