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“My name is Cleo”: Australia rejoices as girl, 4, found after 18-day search

Prime News,  International (Sydney), Nov 3:- A four-year-old Australian girl abducted from a campsite 18 days ago was found “alive and well” in a locked house Wednesday, telling elated police officers: “My name is Cleo.”

Cleo Smith disappeared from her family’s tent in Western Australia last month, sparking a frantic air, sea and ground search involving 100 officers, one that most feared would end in tragedy.

The little girl was found alone inside a locked house in the coastal town of Carnarvon, a short drive away from where she disappeared, Western Australia police said.

“One of the officers picked her up into his arms and asked her ‘what’s your name?'” police deputy commissioner Col Blanch said.

“She said ‘My name is Cleo’.”

Police detained a 36-year-old local man with no connection to the family after breaking into the house at about 1 am local time.

The young girl was reunited with her parents a short time later, with her mother Ellie taking to social media to express her relief.

“Our family is whole again,” she posted on Instagram under a photo of Cleo.

Ellie Smith had earlier described her distress at waking at 6 am to find the family’s tent unzipped and her oldest daughter missing.

Her public pleas for help to bring Cleo home had prompted an outpouring of support from across Australia.

Blanch told local radio that he saw “seasoned detectives openly crying with relief” after Cleo was found, calling the rescue “just incredible”. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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