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Missing 4-year-old found by Australian police weeks after disappearance

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Missing 4-year-old found by Australian police weeks after disappearance

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A four-year-old girl who went missing from a remote campsite more than two weeks ago in Western Australia has been found alive, local police said in a statement Wednesday morning local time.

The child was found by police at a private home about 30 miles from the campsite and was reunited with her parents, the statement said.

A local man is in custody and currently being questioned by detectives, he added.

In a video posted to the police public Facebook page, Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch said: “I am privileged to report that in the early hours of this morning, Western Australia Police rescued Cleo Smith. Cleo is alive and well.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the news as “to relieve“on his official Twitter account.” What wonderful and heartwarming news. Cleo Smith has been found and is home safe and sound. Our prayers have been answered. Thanks to the many police officers involved in finding Cleo and supporting her family. “

The child disappeared from his family’s tent at the Blowholes campsite in Macleod, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the town of Carnarvon on October 16.

Blanch said a police team broke into a locked house in Carnarvon around 1 a.m. local time (1pET) and found a child who identified as Cleo in one of the rooms .

“This is the outcome we all hoped for and prayed for,” Blanch said.

“We’ll have more to say about Cleo’s rescue as the day goes on. For now, welcome home Cleo,” he added.


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