Police have again returned to the site four-year-old Cleo Smith went missing from her family’s tent as the investigation into her mysterious disappearance continues.
Two officers attended the Blowholes camp ground on Friday afternoon to undertake further mapping of the area with drones.
Drones were also spotted hovering over the Blowholes near where Cleo went missing during the first week of the search as police scoured the area for any sight of the young girl.
It comes after the men leading the investigation visited the area for the first time on Thursday to be briefed by officers at the site Cleo’s family was camping.
Det-Supt Rod Wilde and Assistant Commissioner Brad Royce joined senior investigators at the campsite, after previously working around the clock to crack the case from Perth.
Supt Wilde – a police veteran of nearly 40 years – leads about 100 officers in the operation as head of Taskforce Rodia.
Forensic police continued to visit Carnarvon businesses on Thursday in the hunt for any clues that might help them find Cleo.
Multiple teams of officers spent Thursday in the town’s light industrial area collecting CCTV footage.
Supt Wilde on Friday said police were still working to track down the driver of vehicle spotted near the campsite turning right out of Blowholes Road, heading south towards Carnarvon.
The car was reported by two people driving north on North West Coastal Highway between 3am and 3.30am on October 16, the morning Cleo was suspected to be abducted from her family’s tent.
“It’s a priority for us to identify who was in that vehicle,” Supt Wilde said.
“We haven’t identified that vehicle yet and we’d like to do so.”
The leading detective said police were continuing to check CCTV in the area and investigate other means, but currently had no leads on the car.
“Hopefully the driver or persons in it will come forward and make themselves known to police,” he said.
Police Minister Paul Papalia said from the moment the investigation began “everything that’s been required has been undertaken”.
“What you saw today was Detective Superintendent Wilde just providing information as to how the police have conducted their investigation to date. Nothing to read into it other than that,” he said.
“They’re providing a bit more information. Providing, I hope, some comfort to the wider community about the seriousness with which this investigation was treated from day one.”
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