Cleo Smith found: Western Australian girl ‘alive and well’ after going missing more than two weeks ago

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Four-year-old Cleo Smith, who went missing from a campsite successful Western Australia much than 2 weeks ago, has been recovered live and well, constabulary said connected Wednesday.

WA constabulary said they had recovered Cleo successful a location successful Carnarvon astir 1am connected Wednesday and a section antheral had been taken into custody.

A lawman commissioner, Col Blanch, said constabulary had breached their mode into the locked location and recovered the miss successful 1 of the rooms.

“It’s my privilege to denote that successful the aboriginal hours of this morning, the Western Australia constabulary unit rescued Cleo Smith,” helium said. “Cleo is live and well.

“One of the officers picked her up into his arms and asked her, ‘What’s your name?’

“She said, ‘My sanction is Cleo.’”

Cleo was reunited with her parents a abbreviated clip later.

“This is the result we each hoped and prayed for,” Blanch said.

Australia’s leaders were speedy to explicit their joyousness astatine the quality and to convey the constabulary and others who had searched for Cleo implicit 2 harrowing weeks.

The premier minister, Scott Morrison, said connected Twitter it was “wonderful, relieving news”.

“Our prayers answered. Thank you to the galore constabulary officers progressive successful uncovering Cleo and supporting her family.”

The Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, said it was “such blessed news”.

“To each those who tirelessly searched for this small girl, you merit our thanks.”

Blanch said the result was down to “some unthinkable constabulary work”.

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“I privation to convey Cleo’s parents, the Western Australian assemblage and the galore volunteers. “And of course, I privation to convey my colleagues successful the Western Australia constabulary force.”

The NSW constabulary commissioner, Mick Fuller, told 2GB vigor helium had thought the chances of uncovering Cleo live were “so slim”.

“West Australian Police ne'er gave up connected Cleo, it was bully aged manner constabulary enactment that resulted successful her being recovered alive,” Fuller said.

Blanch said the antheral successful custody was being questioned by detectives.

“We’ll person much to accidental connected the rescue of Cleo arsenic the time unfolds,” Blanch said. “For present – invited location Cleo.”