Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde of the Major Crime Division has just revealed a “very recent development” in the case of missing four-year-old’ Cleo Smith from her tent at the Blowholes Campground eight days ago.
Supt Wilde said two people who were travelling together along the North West Coastal Highway in the early hours of Saturday, October 16 saw a car turn right off Blowholes Rd between 3am and 3.30am.
Supt Wilde said he could not provide a detailed description of the car at this stage.
“I don’t want to narrow it down by giving descriptions, I imagine at that time and I obviously it’s very dark out there,” he said.
“The witnesses have told us they saw that vehicle, it turned out of the T-junction there, right into the Northwest coastal highway and headed south towards Carnarvon.”
The veteran detective said the task force remained “hopeful” that Cleo could still be found alive.
He said there have been “hundreds and hundreds” of Crime Stoppers calls since the reward announcement.
Supt Wilde also revealed Cleo’s voice was heard on the CCTV footage from nearby beach shacks the day before she disappeared.
“It was just after they arrived, it’s motion-sensitive so it was by (their vehicle),” he said.
“It’s very limited … we’ve reviewed that and we believe it’s Cleo’s voice that’s heard on the CCTV.”
Det Wilde said he could not reveal what was said in the footage but police had other evidence from Cleo’s parents that had put her at the scene.