Cleo Smith’s family has enlisted local Aboriginal bush trackers to help locate the four-year-old after she disappeared from a campsite in the middle of the night.
Ellie Smith last saw her daughter in the shared family tent at Blowholes campsite, north of Carnarvon, in Western Australia around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
Cleo’s parents had an “interaction” with the youngster in the middle of the night, but she was nowhere to be seen when they woke up at 6 a.m.
A family friend who assisted in the search told Daily Mail Australia that Ms Smith is “overwhelmed” by the situation and the huge search ahead.
Perth forensic teams, SES squads and volunteers are being assisted by local indigenous bush trackers who know the area well, the friend said.
Cleo Smith went missing while camping with her family at the Blowholes site near Carnarvon in Western Australia (pictured, four-year-old Cleo left with mother Ellie)
A GoFundMe page has been set up to donate money to two local helicopter companies who worked on the quest
Ms Smith also confirmed that trackers have arrived to assist with the search.
The site is 75km from Carnarvon and 875km from Perth with nothing but bushland and scrub in between. It is bordered by the ocean on one side and desolate, rugged terrain on the other.
Bush trackers have helped in the past in baffling missing persons. Recently, the family of “prodigy boy” AJ Elfalak enlisted experienced tracker Jake Cassar to help locate their three-year-old son.
Mr Cassar told Daily Mail Australia that the role of a tracker is to think outside the box.
“I’m here to keep an open mind,” he said.
“The way I see it, if you have two feet and a heartbeat, anything is possible. It doesn’t matter if you’re a 97-year-old woman or a three-year-old.’
The police are very concerned for Cleo’s safety and note that it is an unusual and disturbing case.
Police Inspector Jon Munday said experts have advised the four-year-old could have wandered as far as 5.2 km from her last known position if she were lost in the bush.
A desperate search for a missing four-year-old girl has entered its third day with the release of images of the remote campsite from which she disappeared
Professional bush tracker Jake Cassar (pictured) was called in to help find little AJ Elfalak after he went missing. He said the role of a bush tracker is to keep an open mind and think outside the box
Thousands of strangers moved by the missing person’s report have since participated in the search in every possible way — from volunteering to help on the spot to simply sharing her photo online.
Psychics have reportedly offered to help with the search, but it’s not clear if anyone is working directly with the family.
A family friend said they are willing to try “anything” to be reunited with their little girl.
Detectives have not ruled out the possibility that Cleo may have been kidnapped, and officers have stopped cars and caravans to search vehicles as they leave the campground.
Inspector Jon Munday described the case as “extremely worrying” and said the state’s “best detectives” have been called to the scene.
According to 9News, those detectives include members of the homicide squad.
“We’re trying to paint a picture of who was around here on the occasion between the early hours of Saturday morning and 6 a.m. Saturday and what clues that might give us,” he said.
A frantic search is underway after Cleo Smith disappeared from her family’s tent in the early hours of Saturday morning. In the photo: Cleo in the outfit she was wearing when she went missing
Locals joining the search have been told to check trash cans and roadsides for a red sleeping bag used by Cleo that went missing with her (photo, locals have urged more people to join the search) search by going to social media)
Locals have been asked to check trash cans and roadsides.
An adult-sized red sleeping bag, presumably Cleo’s for the trip, has been reported missing along with her.
Mr Munday said detectives were no closer to finding the little girl or any clues to her mysterious disappearance.
He said it was very unusual for a child to disappear in the middle of the night from a tent they shared with their parents.
Cleo Smith, four, was last seen at the Blowholes site on the coast at Macleod, north of Carnarvon, Western Australia, at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday (pictured, the site where Cleo went missing)
“Unfortunately, we haven’t had any major breakthroughs,” he told reporters on Sunday.
‘[The disappearance] is extremely concerning and not something we encounter very often.
“We’re throwing everything at everything, but right now we don’t have any answers about where Cleo is.”
Police urged every newsroom in Western Australia to broadcast details about the missing girl.
The police are investigating all the possibilities of Cleo’s mysterious disappearance – including kidnapping – and have searched bushland and stopped cars and caravans in search of the missing girl.