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SPOTLIGHT ON CAMP SITE OF ANGUISH

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FRIDAY, OCT 15

6pm: Cleo Smith and her family, mum Ellie, baby sister Isla, and stepdad Jake Gliddon, arrive at Blowholes camp site, about 70km north of Carnarvon.

SATURDAY, OCT 16

1.30am: Ellie gives Cleo some water after being woken by her daughter. They then go back to sleep.

6am: Parents wake to find Cleo missing.

6.23am: Ellie calls triple-0.

7.10am: The first police vehicle arrives at the Blowholes with the second arriving shortly afterwards.

8am: Several family and friends of Cleo’s parents arrive at the scene to help. Carnarvon detectives attend the family home in South Carnarvon to search for signs of Cleo before heading to the Blowholes to stop vehicles in the area. A full-scale search of the Blowholes and surrounding area takes place throughout the day using helicopter, drone, land and sea search.

11am: Homicide detectives from the major crime division are deployed from Perth by road to Carnarvon.

That night: Search suspended at last light but efforts continue with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s jet doing nighttime patrols.

SUNDAY, OCT 17

Early morning: Land and sea searches resume.

1.30pm: Insp. Jon Munday says police are “gravely concerned” for Cleo’s safety when she went missing.

1.30pm: Ellie Smith and Jake Gliddon give their first interview saying Cleo wouldn’t have wandered off and pleading that “we need our little girl home”.

WEDNESDAY, OCT 20

8am: Police reveal as many as 20 registered sex offenders are living in the Carnarvon area where Cleo went missing.

3.30pm: Insp. Munday admits Cleo could not have reached the zipper to leave and confirms detectives from Perth are involved in the investigation.

MONDAY, OCT 18

Mid-morning: The marine search for Cleo is scaled back.

1.30pm: Police release an image of the red and grey sleeping bag Cleo was in that is missing from the family’s tent.

TUESDAY, OCT 19

Morning: Police release an image of the pink jumpsuit Cleo was wearing the tent herself confirming the grim possibility that she was abducted.

THURSDAY, OCT 21

7.30am: CCTV audio from a shack near to where the Smith’s tent was confirms Cleo was at the camp site.

12.30pm: Premier Mark McGowan announces a $1 million reward for any information that enables police to solve the mystery of missing Cleo.

FRIDAY, OCT 22

12.30pm: Police appeal

SUNDAY, OCT 24

1pm: In a stunning breakthrough, two witnesses travelling together for work say they saw a sedan turning right from Blowholes Road, heading south along the North West Coastal Highway between 3am and 3.30am on the day Cleo went missing.

MONDAY, OCT 25

6pm: Cleo’s parents do their second televised interview with mum Ellie pleading: “Just bring our girl home safe — give her back to us.”

WEDNESDAY, OCT 27

1pm: Forensic police return to the family home and inspect inside and outside the property. They also take ashes and burnt firewood from sites at the Blowholes campground.

THURSDAY, OCT 28

1pm-4pm: Supt Wilde makes his first trip to Carnarvon and the Blowholes campsite. He reveals there have been more than 200 reported sightings of the little girl but all have proved “unfruitful”. for all dash cam and CCTV footage within a 1000km radius from where Cleo disappeared.

5pm: Taskforce Rodia leader Det-Supt Rod Wilde reveals there are still people yet to come forward who stayed at the location where Cleo vanished.

SATURDAY, OCT 23

11am onwards: Forensic police spend the day dusting for fingerprints and examining the outside of Cleo’s South Carnarvon family home. They categorically deny any involvement in her disappearance.

TUESDAY, OCT 26

2.30pm: Forensic police and detectives return to the family home in South Carnarvon, this time to search the inside of the house. Stepfather Jake lets them in and assists before leaving. Detectives leave about 6pm.

10.30pm: Forensic police finally leave the family home after almost eight hours.