Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

Ellie Smith, mother of missing four-year-old Cleo Smith, said she has been “overwhelmed” by the generosity of people who have donated to a GoFundMe site set up to help bring her daughter home .

Cleo was last seen at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, in a tent she was in with her family at the Blowholes campground north of Carnarvon.

Ms Smith wrote about GoFundMe, which was launched by Bill Kent on October 16 – the day Cleo disappeared – Tuesday night.

Ellie Smith, mother of missing 4-year-old Cleo Smith, posts on Instagram stories
Camera iconEllie Smith, mother of missing 4-year-old Cleo Smith, posts on Instagram stories Credit: Instagram

“We got a nice friend to start a GoFundMe to support the small businesses and ourselves during this nightmare,” she wrote in her Instagram stories.

“We have been overwhelmed by so much love and support, especially our friends and family in the community. A huge thank you @william_jamesOO.”

As of Monday night, GoFundMe had collected donations of $ 75,264.

The post came after the Smith family’s home was again visited by police Tuesday afternoon.

Cleo’s stepfather Jake Gliddon unlocked the gate and front door of the home for the officers.

Detectives spent several minutes inside the house with him before Mr Gliddon and investigators all left in separate cars.

When they arrived around noon. At 2.30pm, forensic scientists wore masks and gloves as they searched inside the property as the desperate search for the little girl stretched into its 11th day.

Last night, the couple performed at 7NEWS ‘Flashpoint and gave a belly-wearing interview about how the last 10 days had been.

Mrs Smith said her mother’s instinct told her “right away” that Cleo had not just walked away – someone had snatched her from their shared tent. It was an act she described as being “absolutely disgusting”.

“I remember thinking, how did someone get into that tent and take Cleo?” she said.

“How, how could anyone feel they could do that to anyone, how could anyone take my child? My stomach was just sick.”


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