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Cleo Smith discovered: Hero detectives return to scene of dramatic rescue

Two of the hero detectives who busted through an alleged kidnapper’s front door to rescue Cleo Smith have returned to the scene.

Det-Sen Const. Kurt Ford and Det-Sen Const. Drew Masterson arrived at the Tonkin Crescent property on Friday afternoon where they greeted colleagues, including forensic officers, with a handshake.

The pair — who were two of four officers involved in the rescue — did not stay for long or go inside the home.

The property is still under police guard and being scoured for evidence three days after the four-year-old was swept up and taken home.

It comes after Terence Darrell Kelly was charged with stealing Cleo from the tent she shared with her mother, stepfather and baby sister at the Blowholes campsite under the cover of darkness on October 16.

It has since been revealed that Mr Kelly has an apparent interest in children’s dolls and had a room filled with them allegedly inside the home.

VideoWA Police have revealed audio of the extraordinary moment they found little Cleo Smith, who had been missing for 18 days.
Scene of the crime scene at the home of the accused, Tonkin Cres. Pictured - Detective Snr Constable Kurt Ford returns to the scene and chats with the officers
Camera IconDetective Snr Constable Kurt Ford returns to the scene of the dramatic Cleo rescue. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian
The Premier arrived in Carnarvon and visited the officers at the Police Station. Pictured - Four officers who went into the house. Detective Snr Constable Kurt Ford, Detective Snr Sergeant Cameron Blaine, Detective Snr Constable Drew Masterson and Detective Sergeant Jason Hutchinson
Camera IconPictured are the four officers who went into the house: Detective Snr Constable Kurt Ford, Detective Snr Sergeant Cameron Blaine, Detective Snr Constable Drew Masterson and Detective Sergeant Jason Hutchinson Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian

Cleo was missing for 18 days before her dramatic rescue shortly before 1am on Wednesday.

She was found in a bedroom playing with toys and was carried out of the home in the arms of Det-Sen Const. Ford — a moment that was captured on body-worn camera.

“I don’t think we really had any expectations going in — we didn’t know what we were going into,” he said on Thursday.

“If anything our expectations weren’t great.

“I just saw a little girl sitting there and didn’t think about anything else than picking her up.

“It was an emotional experience going in and it was a good result.”

Mr Kelly was on Friday taken by air, under heavy guard, from Carnarvon to a maximum security prison in Perth.

He is due back in court next month.

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