Ellie Smith, the mother of missing four-year-old Cleo Smith, said she’s been “overwhelmed” by the generosity of people who’ve donated to a GoFundMe page set up to help bring her daughter home.
Cleo was last seen at 1.30am on Saturday, October 16, in a tent she was in with her family at the Blowholes campsite north of Carnarvon.
Ms Smith posted about the GoFundMe, which was launched by Bill Kent on October 16 – the day Cleo went missing – on Tuesday night.
“We had a lovely friend start a GoFundMe to support the small businesses and ourselves during this nightmare,” she posted in her Instagram stories.
“We have been overwhelmed with so much love and support especially our community friends and family. A massive thank you @william_jamesOO.”
As of Monday night the GoFundMe had amassed $75,264 worth of donations.
The post came after the Smith family home was again visited by police on Tuesday afternoon.
Cleo’s stepfather Jake Gliddon unlocked the gate and front door of the home for the officers.
Detectives spent several minutes inside the house with him, before Mr Gliddon and the detectives all left in separate cars.
Arriving about 2.30pm, forensic officers wore masks and gloves as they searched the inside of the property, as the desperate search for the little girl spanned into its 11th day.
Last night, the couple appeared on 7NEWS’ Flashpoint, and gave a gut-wrenching interview about what the past 10 days had been like.
Ms Smith said her mother’s instinct told her “straight away” that Cleo had not just wandered off — someone had snatched her from their shared tent. It was an act, she described as being “absolutely disgusting”.
“I remember thinking, how did someone come into that tent and take Cleo?” she said.
“How, how could someone feel that they could do that to someone, how could someone take my child? My gut just felt sick.”