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Day 14 sees police back at Blowholes with drones


Police at Blowholes campground on Friday with drones. Picture: Ailish Delaney

Police have again returned to the site where four-year-old Cleo Smith went missing from her family’s tent as the investigation of her disappearance continues.

As the search clicked into its 14th painful day, two officers attended the Blowholes campground on Friday afternoon to carry out further mapping of the area with drones.

During the first week of the search, drones were spotted hovering over the Blowholes near where Cleo went missing as police scoured the area for any sign of her.

Friday’s scoping took place as Taskforce Rodia boss Det-Supt Rod Wilde returned to Perth after spending two days on the ground.

Assistant Commissioner Brad Royce was also in Carnarvon and at the Blowholes. On Friday, Supt Wilde said investigators were still working to track down the driver of vehicle spotted near the camp site turning right out of Blowholes Road and heading south towards Carnarvon.

He said police were continuing to check CCTV in the area but so far had no leads on the car.

When asked about the detail of the investigation, Police Minister Paul Papalia said “everything that’s been required has been undertaken”.

“What you saw today was Supt Wilde just providing information as to how the police have conducted their investigation to date,” he said.

“They’re providing a bit more information. Providing, I hope, some comfort to the wider community about the seriousness with which this investigation was treated from day one.”