ActivePaper Archive 5 CRUCIAL CLUES - The West Australian , 11/1/2021

5 CRUCIAL CLUES

1 SCREECHING TYRES

Campers who were staying at the Blowholes reported the sound of screeching tyres about the time Cleo went missing early on Saturday morning, October 16. Four days later Assistant Commissioner Darryl Gaunt said: “Police haven’t ruled it out. It is a little bit unsubstantiated, but we haven’t ruled it out.”

2 SLEEPING BAG

Three days after Cleo was reported missing, police released an image of her red and grey Wanderer sleeping bag. Despite an exhaustive search of the area around the Blowholes, not a trace or fibre from the sleeping bag had been found, compounding fears Cleo had been snatched.

3 PINK PYJAMAS

When last seen, Cleo was wearing a pink flower and butterfly-patterned jumpsuit. On Tuesday, October 19, police released an image of the pyjamas in a bid to trigger a memory from anyone who may have seen a little girl in the distinctive outfit. Helicopter pilot Justin Borg said the jumpsuit’s “abnormal colours” would have stood out starkly against the landscape. But thorough aerial searches revealed no sign of it.

4 TENT ZIP

One of the grimmest revelations early in the investigation came when Insp. Jon Munday admitted the tent had been left unzipped to a height far above that which Cleo could have reached herself. It was seen as confirmation that police believed she had been abducted.

5 CAR SPOTTED

A breakthrough came Sunday, October 24, when Det-Supt Rod Wilde revealed a mystery car had been spotted turning right from Blowholes Road, heading south along the North West Coastal highway towards Carnarvon between 3am and 3.30am the day Cleo went missing. A detailed description of the vehicle has not been given.