- A four-year-old girl by the name of Cleo Smith has been found safe after she went missing 18 days ago
- Smith was in a tent with her family when she disappeared overnight - along with her sleeping bag - on 16 October
- Her family is delighted to have her back and Australian police have revealed that investigations into her disappearance are ongoing
Cleo Smith is a four-year-old Australian girl who was taken from a campsite 18 days ago. She has been found alive and well, according to police. Smith vanished from her parents' tent in Western Australia on 16 October, along with her sleeping bag.
Her disappearance sparked ground, sea and air searches involving around 100 law enforcement members who were afraid that the incident would end badly. Smith was reportedly located inside a locked house, alone, in a coastal town just a quick drive away from where she vanished.
Police Deputy Commissioner Colonel Blanch stated that an officer had picked her up and inquired what her name was, to which she responded: "My name is Cleo."
According to EWN, a 36-year-old man was arrested after breaking into the locked house at around 1am, Australian time. AlJazeera reported that the police commissioner would not detail what Smith had gone through at this time.
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4 Brothers violently kidnapped in Polokwane, Mzansi turns to God for Moti sons' safe return: "We pray"
In more news about kidnapping, Briefly News previously reported that Nazim and Shakira Moti from Limpopo are going through every parent's worst nightmare. Their four sons were kidnapped on Wednesday, 20 October in Polokwane.
The incident took place while their driver was transporting them to school. According to an article published by IOL, it is understood that there were seven kidnappers in two cars who adducted the boys at the Tzaneen bypass.
The driver was left at the scene and the vehicle they travelled in was hijacked and later found abandoned - it was a silver BMW. In another article published by ECR, Limpopo police spokesperson Motlalefa Mojalefa says more details have emerged about the horrific event.
Moti kidnapping: Perps demand ransom, family fears for boys' safety & won't speak
Previously, Briefly News reported that officials believe a hefty ransom demand may be behind the Moti kidnapping. While the family has yet to confirm or deny the news out of fear for the boys' safety, one expert says the children have been the victims of a highly organised crime.
Business mogul Nazim Moti has declined to comment on the situation, saying the family is still reeling from the shock of the whole ordeal. He also believes speaking out may pose a threat to the brothers' safety, IOL reports.
One anonymous investigator says he believes securing a hefty ransom was the motive for the horrific crime.
Source: Briefly News