After 17 heart-wrenching days, missing girl Cleo Smith has been found in WA with police revealing the dramatic final moments.
Four-year-old girl Cleo Smith who went missing from country Western Australia has miraculously been found alive after 17 days of searching.
WA Police Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch released a statement on Wednesday morning announcing the groundbreaking development.
He revealed Cleo was found when officers dramatically broke into a locked house in Carnarvon in the early hours of the morning.
“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,” Mr Blanch said.
“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.”
A man from Carnarvon is in custody currently being questioned by detectives.
Deputy Commissioner Blanch said it was the outcome the whole nation had “hoped and prayed for”.
“I want to thank Cleo’s parents, the Western Australian community and the many volunteers,” he said.
“And of course, I want to thank my colleagues in the Western Australia Police Force.
“We’ll have more to say on the rescue of Cleo as the day unfolds. For now – Welcome home Cleo.”
More to come.
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