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Missing WA girl Cleo Smith smiles and waves in first photo since her rescue

The first photo of missing Cleo Smith has been released by police after she was dramatically rescued 18 days after disappearing from a remote WA campsite.

The striking image of Cleo, four, in hospital in a photo was released by police, hours after she was found.

It shows a smiling Cleo, covered with a blanket, lying on a bed while eating an icy pole.

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She’s waving at the camera and appears happy and healthy.

Her mother, Ellie Smith, wrote on social media Cleo has seen the photo and “thought it was beautiful”.


The mum was responding to a post on a Facebook page for Carnarvon, where somebody suggested the town should take down the missing Cleo posters now she has been found.

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“Cleo has seen her photo she thought it was beautiful,” Ms Smith wrote.

Her mother had posted repeatedly on social media pleading for the return of her child.

Earlier today she expressed her joy in an Instagram post, showing a photo of Cleo and a caption which read: “Our family is whole again”.

WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson has fronted the media in Carnarvon, calling it

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One of the posters about missing Cleo Smith


· At 12.46am (AWST) overnight, police broke into a locked home in Carnarvon, Western Australia, where four-year-old Cleo Smith was found alive and well.

· A 36-year-old man was found not far from the home, and has been taken into custody. He is assisting police with inquiries.

· Police have said the man has no connection with Cleo Smith’s family.

· Investigators were acting on information received that night, but it has not been disclosed yet what led them to that address.


· Cleo has been reunited with her family.

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Tonight on Channel 9 at 8.40pm Finding Cleo: A Nine News Special will have all the latest updates from a remarkable day.

Watch live on Channel Nine or 9Now here

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