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Cleo Smith missing: Australian police hunt for four-year-old who disappeared

Police are hunting for a four-year-old girl after she went missing from a campsite where she was staying with her mother in rural Australia three days ago. 

Cleo Smith was last seen by mother Ellie around 1.30am on Saturday in a tent they were sharing at the Blow Holes campsite in Western Australia. 

In a heartbreaking Facebook post, Ellie said Cleo was missing from tent when she woke up at 6am Saturday and has not been seen since.

Police say they have 'grave concerns' for the little girl's safety, and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Cleo Smith (pictured) was last seen at about 1:30am by her parents after an 'interaction' but when they woke up at 6am she was nowhere to been seen 

Cleo's family are from the town of Carnarvon, some 30 miles from the campsite, and are familiar with the area because they often go camping there, police said.

Ellie and Cleo were taking part in a camping trip when the little girl went missing, at a site that borders the coast.

Officers said she was last seen wearing a wearing a pink/purple one-piece sleep-suit with a blue and yellow pattern.

Police say Cleo is 3ft, 7ins tall and has honey-blonde coloured hair and hazel eyes. 

At the times she disappeared, Cleo was also in a red and black sleeping bag which is thought to have gone missing.

Officers are now combing the area including a number of shacks located along the coastline, but have failed to turn up any sign of her. 

Drones and aircraft are also taking part in the hunt, while marine search teams were also called in to scour the water - though have scaled back operations after 72 hours without a sign of her. 

Daniel Staines, Cleo's biological father, has been called in for questioning - though there is no suggesting he was anything to do with the disappearance. 

Staines spoke to police for three hours after being voluntarily called in to give a statement, Sky News reported.  

He did so willingly with his parents by his side, the station added.   

Cleo Smith, four, was last seen at about 1.30am on Saturday at the Blowholes campsite on the coast at Macleod, north of Carnarvon, in Western Australia 

Police have released an image of Cleo's sleeping bag and are urging members of the public to come forward if they have seen it

Detectives have not ruled out anything in relation to her disappearance - and are exploring theories she may have been abducted

'We are really interested in anybody who was at The Blowholes campsite from Friday the 15th of October through to Sunday,' Inspector John Munday who is leading the police search told reporters on Monday.

'You don't even have to have stayed here, even if you just passed through. We need to speak to you... so we can track and trace where people were.

'And if anybody has any dashcam footage or any footage at all of the area we really would be interested in those people coming forward.'       

Authorities have also released aerial footage of the campsite as they combed through the remote bushland in search of the missing girl amid growing fears the child may have been snatched. 

The camp ground is located 75km from Carnarvon and 875km from Perth with nothing but bushland and scrubs in between.

The recreation site is bordered by the ocean on one side and desolate, rugged terrain on the other. 

A desperate search for a missing four-year-old girl has entered its third day with police releasing footage of the remote campsite (pictured) where she disappeared 

Police are probing all possibilities of Cleo's mystery disappearance - including kidnapping - and have been scouring bushland and stopping cars and caravans in search of the missing girl 

One of the theories was that young Cleo may have wandered off towards the water and was washed away by the rising tide.

But exhaustive marine searches have so far found no evidence she entered the water.

'The searches we have done for this marine environment are the best we can get and they have done the best they can and in that environment we haven't found any sign of Cleo,' Inspector Munday said.

'And that marine search has been scaled back at this time.'

Police are continuing to probe the possibility that Cleo was abducted, with officers stopping cars and caravans to search the vehicles over the weekend and seizing CCTV footage from nearby roadhouses as part of the investigation.

Detectives from the homicide squad have also been called into to scour the scene.  

Locals have been told to check garbage bins and roadsides for the grey and red sleeping bag used by Cleo at the time she went missing.

Cleo Smith, four, was last seen at about 1.30am on Saturday at the Blowholes campsite on the coast at Macleod, north of Carnarvon, in Western Australia (pictured, the campsite Cleo went missing from)

Marine searches for Cleo (pictured) have been scaled back after three days 

Cleo Smith went missing while camping with her family at the Blowholes campsite near Carnarvon in Western Australia (pictured, four-year-old Cleo left with mum Ellie)

The young girl was last seen wearing pink one-piece pyjamas with a blue and yellow pattern when she was last seen. 

A full scale search took place on Saturday and began again from first light on Sunday and will continue for the next 48 hours at least.

The crews consisted of land, air and sea teams searching the coastline in and around campgrounds nearby where the family was staying.

Posters have also been put up at roadhouses within a 1,000km radius of the campsite and police are poring over dash camera footage and CCTV footage from the area.