Cleo Smith search: Police drone specialists scour Blowholes campsite – The West Australian

Brianna DuganThe West Australian
Police drone specialists were back scouring the Blowholes on Saturday morning, this time looking for evidence on the ground around the campsite.
Camera IconPolice drone specialists were back scouring the Blowholes on Saturday morning, this time looking for evidence on the ground around the campsite.

Police drone specialists were back scouring the Blowholes on Saturday morning, this time looking for evidence on the ground around the campsite.

It has now been two weeks since Cleo Smith disappeared from her family’s tent in a suspected abduction.

Police could also be seen launching a drone around the Blowholes water area, as well as south of the campsite along the dirt tracks.

Yesterday, two officers used drones to search the area south of where the family’s tent was pitched.

Police drone pilots conduct more searches over and around the Blowholes on Saturday.
Camera IconPolice drone pilots conduct more searches over and around the Blowholes on Saturday. Credit: Jackson Flindell/The West Australian
Police drone pilots conduct more searches over and around the Blowholes on Saturday.
Camera IconPolice drone pilots conduct more searches over and around the Blowholes on Saturday. Credit: Jackson Flindell/The West Australian

Drones were also spotted hovering over the Blowholes near where Cleo went missing during the first week of the search as police scoured the area for any sight of the missing four-year-old.

On Friday, forensic officers headed back at the campsite to collect samples from fire pits in the area.

It comes after the detectives leading the investigation visited the area for the first time on Thursday to be briefed by officers at the site Cleo’s family was camping.

Police drone pilots conduct more searches over and around the Blowholes on Saturday.
Camera IconPolice drone pilots conduct more searches over and around the Blowholes on Saturday. Credit: Jackson Flindell/The West Australian

Det-Supt Rod Wilde and Assistant Commissioner Brad Royce joined senior investigators at the campsite, after previously working around the clock to crack the case from Perth.

Supt Wilde – a police veteran of nearly 40 years – leads about 100 officers in the operation as head of Taskforce Rodia.

He said on Friday said police were still working to track down the driver of vehicle spotted near the campsite turning right out of Blowholes Road, heading south towards Carnarvon.

Missing Girl Cleo Smith Case. Day 9. The CCTV box on shack 28.
Camera IconMissing Girl Cleo Smith Case. Day 9. The CCTV box on shack 28. Credit: Jackson Flindell The West Australian

The car was reported by two people driving north on North West Coastal Highway between 3am and 3.30am on October 16, the morning Cleo was suspected to be abducted from her family’s tent.

“It’s a priority for us to identify who was in that vehicle,” Supt Wilde said.

“We haven’t identified that vehicle yet and we’d like to do so.”

Missing girl Cleo Smith.
Camera IconMissing girl Cleo Smith. Credit: Facebook

Police Minister Paul Papalia said on Friday from the moment the investigation began “everything that’s been required has been undertaken”.

“What you saw today was Detective Superintendent Wilde just providing information as to how the police have conducted their investigation to date. Nothing to read into it other than that,” he said.

“They’re providing a bit more information. Providing, I hope, some comfort to the wider community about the seriousness with which this investigation was treated from day one.”

If you have any information on Cleo Smith’s disappearance, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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