Police and forensics may take another several weeks to finish collecting evidence from Cleo Smith’s alleged abductor’s Carnarvon home.
Tonkin Crescent residents told The West Australian police had advised them that Terence Darell Kelly’s house could be taped off for up to two months, as they continue scouring the property the four-year-old was allegedly locked in for 18 days.
A large forensic tent was erected at the front of the property on Saturday morning with about half-a-dozen officers, dressed in full body suits and masks, seen walking around the duplex.
The two-bedroom property, located just 1.5km from the local police station and 3km from Cleo’s family home, has been cordoned off for nearly four days while police painstakingly examine every item inside.
Several large brown paper bags were seen stacked near the forensic marquee.
Cleo was found sitting in a bedroom, playing with a toy, about 1am on Wednesday, after an almost three-week search for the little girl after she went missing from her family’s tent at the popular Blowholes campsite.
Detectives from the Taskforce Rodia team were seen talking to some neighbours on Saturday morning, following up reports.
Described as a ‘loner’, Kelly lived alone in a well-known government housing precinct that locals dubbed “Toxic” Crescent, and was also a regular at Carnarvon Central, according to one shop-owner in the centre which is something of a retail hub and meeting place.
It is understood his grandmother lived with him before she died last year.