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South West journalist Jackson Barrett takes listeners to site where 4yo disappeared on ‘My Name is Cleo’

It’s the story that rocked the nation and even the world.

Camera IconJackson Barrett, journalist for the South Western Times. Credit: South Western Times.

A bright-eyed four-year-old girl vanishes from her family’s tent in the middle of the night, leaving her small tight-knit community reeling as they join a desperate search to bring her home.

From the studios of The West Australian, the 18 long days little Cleo Smith was missing are now being retold in a new light — and a South West reporter has shared his insight.

The new podcast ‘My name is Cleo’ takes listeners behind the scenes of the police investigation and to the heart of the rugged, desolate terrain where the search took place, with exclusive interviews with volunteers, experts, media professionals and community members.


Hear from South Western Times journalist Jackson Barrett, pictured, on his experience reporting on the ground in Carnarvon in episode five, The second interview: A night at the Blowholes.

Barrett transports listeners direct to the Blowholes campground and shares what it was like to spend the night in the harsh conditions at the eerie site exactly one week on from when Cleo was last seen before she disappeared.

Listen to the episode at or relevant streaming platforms.

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