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Cleo Smith discovered: Police tape comes down at Terence Kelly’s house after nine days

The senior detective on the case of Cleo Smith’s alleged abduction was at the house where he helped save the little girl as the crime scene tape finally came down after nine days.

It came as contractors were brought in to board up Terence Kelly’s house — where the four-year-old was found locked inside a room — amid fears the home could now be the target of a vigilante attack.

In an emotional moment, Detective Senior Sergeant Cameron Blaine came to the home to thank and shake the hands of police officers who had guarded the home 24/7 for the past nine days as it was scoured by forensics.

He stood on the road and watched, patting a neighbour’s dog affectionately given the name Scoop by the media, as the officers tore down the police tape and shut the gate on the property which has been in the global focus since Cleo was rescued on Wednesday last week.

Police Forensics have returned to the home of Terance Kelly in Carnarvon who it is alleged abducted Cleo Smith from The Blow Holes campsite. Pictured - Police remove Police tape from the scene
Camera IconPolice remove tape from the scene. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

Det-Sen Sgt Blaine was one of four detectives who saved Cleo from the alleged kidnapper’s lair and carried her to safety, and told of the heartwarming moment she told him “my name is Cleo” — confirming the little girl they had “grave” fears for was, remarkably, safe.

A team of forensics arrived at Terence Kelly’s Tonkin Crescent home about 9am on Thursday carrying gear into the home, after a forensic chemical called Superfume was used to turn up any latent fingerprints at the scene.

Police Forensics have returned to the home of Terance Kelly in Carnarvon who it is alleged abducted Cleo Smith from The Blow Holes campsite. Pictured - police remove police tape
Camera IconPolice take down tape from the home today. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

After another examination of the home, four homicide detectives arrived for a debriefing and to sign off the forensic search.

Later, contractors arrived to board up the property, likely to prevent people from breaking into to take a look inside the home.

Locals and police also fear the property could be destroyed or firebombed.

The investigation on the ground is now scaling back, with the heavy police presence in Carnarvon — which has been heaving with detectives since Cleo went missing — expected to be gone by the weekend.

It comes as The West Australian revealed the sleeping bag Cleo was sleeping in when she was taken from her family’s tent has still not been found.

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