The chilling case that remembers Madeleine McCann and paralyzes Australia: a 4-year-old girl disappeared

The chilling case that remembers Madeleine McCann and paralyzes Australia: a 4-year-old girl disappeared

The images released by the police: the pajamas he was wearing, his most recent photo and the jacket in which he slept during the night he disappeared

Australian authorities on Thursday offered a reward of One million Australian dollars (equivalent to 750,000 US dollars or 640,000 euros) for the information that helps to find the whereabouts of Cleo Smith, a four-year-old girl whose disappearance Saturday from a campsite in the west of the country is reminiscent of the famous case of Madeleine McCann in 2007.

“I urge anyone who knows Cleo’s whereabouts to give this information to the Police”, Western Australia’s head of state, Mark McGowan, said when announcing in the city of Perth.

Cleo was inside a tent at the Blowholes campsite, some 875 kilometers north of Perth, with her mother Ellie Smith and her stepfather Jake Gliddon. She was last seen at 1.30am when she woke up to ask for water. When the couple woke up, about five hours later, both the little girl and her sleeping bag had disappeared, a fact that motivated an intense search with police and soldiers by land, sea and air.

A picture with her mother, Ellie Smith, and her stepfather Jake Gliddon

The authorities have already questioned a score of pedophiles in the area and they are trying to track down all the people who camped in the area, according to the Nine News channel.

After six days of unsuccessful searches by land, sea and air, the police acknowledged that They were “urgently seeking” public help.

The post of his mother asking for help on Facebook, in which he includes the photo with his little brother in which he is wearing the pajamas he was wearing when he disappeared

“We are hopeful of finding Cleo alive, but we are very fearful for her safety,” Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde said today, who believes the child was abducted.

For his part, Inspector Jon Munday told reporters yesterday that the fact that the closure of the entrance of the tent where the little girl slept was open has triggered the alarms about her safety, since it is presumed that she was not tall enough to open it.

Archival photo of Madeleine McCann on May 3, 2007, the same day she disappeared. AFP PHOTO / HO

British detective Graham Hill, who traveled to Portugal to help solve the mysterious disappearance of Madeleine McCann, who disappeared in 2007 at the age of three from a room where she slept with her brothers Amelie and Sean in an apartment where he was spending the holidays, he also believes that Cleo was not lost.

“I’d say it’s a long shot that he got up, walked away, and took the sleeping bag. I think that’s highly unlikely because there would be some kind of alteration. You would see where he dragged the sleeping bag and how far will a four-year-old go in the dark? “ he told the West Australian newspaper yesterday.

“I miss you, I love you, go back home”, is one of the messages on Instagram from the mother, who asked for help to find her daughter.

(with information from EFE)


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