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Cleo Smith: New Audio Of The Moment Missing 4-Year-Old Was Discovered Is Released

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New audio has been released of the moment Cleo Smith was discovered by authorities in a locked house in a remote part of Western Australia.

The four-year-old went missing on October 16, having vanished from her family’s tent at a campsite close to the town of Carnarvon.

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After following forensic clues, officers broke into a locked house 74km from the campsite – and just 3km from Cleo’s home – in the early hours of Wednesday morning, November 3. They successfully located the young girl, finding her ‘alive and well’.

A heart-breaking audio clip of the moment when Cleo was found, 18 days after she first went missing, has now been posted by Western Australia Police Force.

Cleo Smith (Western Australia Police)Western Australia Police

In the audio, the little girl can be heard being questioned by officers as to what her name is, the officials trying to reassure the four-year-old while desperately attempting to positively identify her.

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Cleo was found in a bedroom playing with toys, the Daily Mail reports.

After being asked three times what her name is, Cleo can be heard stutteringly telling officers, ‘My name is Cleo.’

The young girl was reunited with her family shortly after.

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A 36-year-old man has since been arrested in connection with the abduction of Cleo, with his neighbours having grown suspicious after seeing him buy nappies in a grocery store.

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Western Australia Police Commissioner Chris Dawson confirmed the arrest of a ‘local man’, however no charges have yet been made.

A video of the man in question showed him being transported to hospital in the back of an ambulance, with what appeared to be a head wound, however, police have not confirmed how or when he was injured.

According to Commissioner Dawson, the investigation into Cleo’s alleged abduction remains ongoing.

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If you’ve been affected by any of these issues and want to speak to someone in confidence regarding the welfare of a child, contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, 8am–10pm Monday to Friday, 9am–6pm weekends. If you are a child seeking advice and support, call Childline for free on 0800 1111.

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  1. @WA_Police/ Twitter

    "My name is Cleo."

  2. Daily Mail

    Cleo Smith emerges from her home in the arms of mum Ellie as they are pictured together for the first time since her incredible rescue and extraordinary audio reveals her first words to police