Mum's desperate plea to find girl, 4, missing for 24 hours in Aussie Outback after she vanished on camping trip

A MUM has issued a desperate appeal for her missing daughter, 4, after the girl vanished in Australia's Outback while on a camping trip and has now been in the wild for 24 hours.

Cleo Smith disappeared wearing just her pink pyjama onesie in the dead of night as her parents awoke to find her missing sparking a massive search and rescue operation.



The family were staying at the Blowholes Campsite near Macleoad about 50 miles north of Carnarvon.

Cleo was last seen at 1.30am – and when her mum and dad awoke at 6am, the girl was nowhere to be seen.

Her mum Ellie Smith has renewed the call to find her little girl, begging anyone with information to call the police.

"It’s been over 24 hours since I last seen the sparkle in my little girls eyes," she said.

"Please help me find her! If you hear or see anything at all please call the police."

The search has continued even has darkness fell once again over the outback – put cops have had to put air and sea efforts on hold until light returns in western Australia.

Inspector Jon Munday said police were "not ruling anything out" at this stage, reports ABC.

He said: "We're really throwing everything we can at this search in these initial stages."

The cop said it has been reported there is also a sleeping bag missing from the campsite but he was "not at liberty at this point to divulge" any more information.

Dash cam and CCTV footage is being trawled by police and information about Cleo has been sent out over a radius of 600 miles.

Inspector Munday added that while environment was harsh – the current weather may allow someone to "survive the elements".

"We are fairly confident that if Cleo is around here, we will find her," he said.

Cleo was last seen wearing a bright pink pyjama suit printed her blue and pink flowers and butterflies.

And her disappearance was described as 'very unusual" by her mum.

Search and rescue teams, helicopters, police officers and locals are all stepping in the desperate hunt for Cleo.

Social media posts requesting help to find Cleo have also been shared thousands of times.

Carnarvon Shire president Eddie Smith said the family were well known locals and were part of the tight knit community, reports The West Australian.

“Everybody is hoping for the best,” he said.

The Blowholes Campground – also known as Point Quobba – is known for its views of the Blowholes, where jets of water shoot out through narrow gaps in the rocks.

Tourism pages of the campsite describe it as accessible up a bitumen road – and locals are urged to bring with them fuel, food and water.

"There are no facilities or shops nearby", one reads.

The pitches at the campsite are unpowered and it is recommended it is only suitable for those who are "self-sufficient".

And the only contact with the outside world is a daily visit from a ranger who attends to check registrations.

Another tourist site warns that "large sharks" are often seen coming close to the shore near the Blowholes.

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