Fresh development in Cleo Smith case as detectives say ANOTHER person could have been involved in her alleged kidnapping - as police admit 'that's why we're still here'

  • Detectives are probing possibility another person involved in Cleo Smith case
  • Terence Darrell Kelly, 36, was charged with the four-year-old disappearance
  • A team of investigators have returned to Carnarvon to hunt for more clues 

Detectives who helped track down Cleo Smith after the little girl was allegedly kidnapped from a remote camping site have returned to the small town where she was found, as they probe the possibility another person was involved.

Terence Darrell Kelly, 36, was charged with the four-year-old disappearance from the remote Blowholes campsite on November 4, after she had been missing 18 days.

A team of detectives landed in Carnarvon in the northwest of the state from Perth on Monday and are expected to remain in town for at least another week as forensic specialists continue to scour the alleged abductor's home for evidence someone else could have been there.

Detective senior sergeant Cameron Blaine, who was captured on police bodycam vision rescuing Cleo from her nightmarish ordeal, has remained tight-lipped about the latest development's in the case but said police have 'more work to do.'   

'Our focus this week is for us to ascertain whether there was anyone else involved. That's why we are still here,' he told reporters after stepping off the plane.

'So, we just ask that if there was anyone that had any contact with Mr Kelly, whether you saw him, whether you met with him, whether you spoke to him on the phone during the relevant period to please make yourself known to police.'

The moment Cleo Smith was rescued from a home in Carnarvon was captured on police bodycam footage

The moment Cleo Smith was rescued from a home in Carnarvon was captured on police bodycam footage 

Detective senior sergeant Cameron Blaine (pictured), who was captured on police bodycam vision rescuing Cleo from her nightmarish ordeal, has remained tight-lipped about the latest development's in the case but said police have 'more work to do'

Detective senior sergeant Cameron Blaine (pictured), who was captured on police bodycam vision rescuing Cleo from her nightmarish ordeal, has remained tight-lipped about the latest development's in the case but said police have 'more work to do'

Terence Kelly's duplex in Carnarvon, Western Australia, has been swarming with forensic police for sixth days

Terence Kelly's duplex in Carnarvon, Western Australia, has been swarming with forensic police for sixth days

Police on Monday spent their sixth day at the home where Cleo was allegedly found, combing through evidence for one of the biggest investigations in WA history.

A mobile phone was reportedly in one of the bags of evidence seized from the home along with a Bratz doll, crayons, pens and markers.

It comes as the Aboriginal elder who raised the alleged abductor of little Cleo called him a gift from God and 'a beautiful little boy.'

New audio has been uncovered of respected Gascoyne elder Penny Walker revealing how Kelly, now 36, was 'thrown away' by his drug-addict biological mother. 

She handed him over to her 'Aunty Penny' who had all six of her own children taken into care because of an alcohol problem when she was younger.

Kelly was just two years old when his mother abandoned him to Ms Walker in 1987 who then raised him as her own. 

The Aboriginal elder who raised Terry Kelly (pictured), the alleged abductor of little Cleo Smith, called him a gift from God and 'a beautiful little boy'

The Aboriginal elder who raised Terry Kelly (pictured), the alleged abductor of little Cleo Smith, called him a gift from God and 'a beautiful little boy'

Police raided the home last week to find little Cleo, 4, (pictured) alone in a room playing with toys, 18 days after she disappeared from her parents' tent at a campsite 75km away

Cleo Smith has since been reunited with mother Ellie Smith and stepfather Jake Gliddon (pictured)

Cleo Smith has since been reunited with mother Ellie Smith and stepfather Jake Gliddon (pictured)

'I looked down at him and this little boy - God was giving me something back into my life what the welfare took off me - my children,' said Ms Walker, who died in 2020.

'His mum didn't want him and she threw him away.'

Kelly lived alone at Ms Walker's dilapidated Tomkin Crescent duplex home in Carnarvon, Western Australia, after her death last year at the age of 77. 

Since his arrest, it's been revealed Kelly had an obsession with collecting dolls and boasted about his love for girls' toys on various social media pages.

Several photographs he posted showed Bratz and Disney princess dolls stacked in a room from floor to ceiling.  

The tapes reveal he was brought up with Ms Walker's two other grandsons after her daughter died from multiple sclerosis.

'God was giving my children back to me in a different way. So I have this little boy beautiful little boy, Terry,' she said. 'Two year old, jet black curly hair.'

New audio has been uncovered of respected Gascoyne elder Penny Walker revealing how Terry Kelly, now 36, (pictured) was 'thrown away' by his drug-addict biological mother

New audio has been uncovered of respected Gascoyne elder Penny Walker revealing how Terry Kelly, now 36, (pictured) was 'thrown away' by his drug-addict biological mother

His mother handed Terry Kelly (pictured) over to her 'Aunty Penny' who had all six of her own children taken into care because of an alcohol problem when she was younger

His mother handed Terry Kelly (pictured) over to her 'Aunty Penny' who had all six of her own children taken into care because of an alcohol problem when she was younger

Kelly's early upbringing has been revealed in snippets of oral history archives in an interview she gave in May 2019 for the State Library of Western Australia.

She revealed she had her own troubled early life as part of the Stolen Generation and spent her childhood in the Moore River Native Settlement and New Norcia Mission.

Ms Walker suffered sexual abuses and floggings, she said, and later slept in toilets as an adult while enduring domestic violence.

Authorities put her on a bus to Carnarvon, 1000km north of Perth, and she said in the tapes: 'I never looked back.'

Kelly lived alone at Ms Walker's Tomkin Crescent home (pictured) in Carnarvon, Western Australia, after her death last year at the age of 77

Kelly lived alone at Ms Walker's Tomkin Crescent home (pictured) in Carnarvon, Western Australia, after her death last year at the age of 77

Several photographs Kelly posted on social media showed Bratz and Disney princess dolls stacked in a room from floor to ceiling (pictured)

After her own problems with drink and her six children being taken by the state, she turned her life around and became a respected member of the community.

Neighbours remembered her as a pet lover who collected stone unicorns.

Photographer Nic Duncan who interviewed her for the State Library project in 2019 described her as 'having dealt with the bitterness and grudges and is unbelievably positive and upbeat…and cheeky.

'Her warmth and humour, honesty and openness have carried her through,’ he told The West Australian

Terry Kelly (pictured) was just two years old when his mother abandoned him to Ms Walker in 1987 who then raised him as her own

Terry Kelly (pictured) was just two years old when his mother abandoned him to Ms Walker in 1987 who then raised him as her own

Penny walker talked about Terry Kelly (pictured) being a 'beautiful little boy' with 'jet black curly hair' in audio recordings for the oral history archive at Western Australia's State Library

Penny walker talked about Terry Kelly (pictured) being a 'beautiful little boy' with 'jet black curly hair' in audio recordings for the oral history archive at Western Australia's State Library

Forensic officers spent all day Sunday combing through Kelly's house and gathering evidence for laboratory examination.

Two trailer-loads of evidence were bagged up and removed from the alleged abductor's home as forensic teams spent their fifth day combing through the property.

The top to bottom search of the roped-off housing commission property is likely to go on for several weeks as prosecutors build their case against Kelly.

He will return to court at a later date.  

Cleo Smith is now back in the arms of her mother Ellie after her terrifying ordeal

Cleo Smith is now back in the arms of her mother Ellie after her terrifying ordeal

CLEO DISAPPEARANCE TIMELINE

 By Olivia Day for Daily Mail Australia

Friday, October 15

Cleo along with her mother Ellie Smith, her partner Jake Gliddon and her little sister Isla Mae arrive at the Blowholes campsite around 6:30pm.

They had a 'quiet' night and arrived at sunset.

Saturday, October 16

1:30am: Parents' last sighting of Cleo in the tent she shared with her parents and baby sister when the four-year-old asks for some water.

6.23am: Ellie calls 000 to report her eldest daughter missing as she continues to search the camp ground.

6.30am: The first two officers are dispatched from Carnarvon police station. They travel to Blowholes as a matter of priority, with sirens and lights.

6.41am: A second police car with another two officers is sent to Blowholes, also with lights and sirens.

7.10am: The first police car arrives. The second is only minutes behind.

7.26am: Police on the scene establish a protected forensic area which is taped off to the public, surrounding the family tent where Cleo was last seen.

7.33am: A drone operator is called upon to search from the skies.

7.44am: A third police car is dispatched to the Blowholes.

8am: Family and friends of Cleo's parents begin to arrive to help with the ground search.

Another group of detectives briefly searches Cleo's home to make sure she's not there.

They then head to Blowholes and begin stopping cars coming into and leaving the area.

8.09am: A helicopter from a local company arrived at the scene and started searching as police request an SES team attend the Blowholes search.

8.24am: Police air-wing and volunteer marine searchers are called in to assist with the search.

8.34am: Roadblocks are set up at the entrance of Blowholes as detectives gather the names, registration details and addresses of people coming and going. Police search cars.

9.25am: Nine SES personel arrive at the Blowholes to assist with the search.

Investigators, bounty hunters and officers from the Australian Federal Police have spent two-and-a-half weeks searching for missing four-year-old Cleo (pictured)

Investigators, bounty hunters and officers from the Australian Federal Police have spent two-and-a-half weeks searching for missing four-year-old Cleo (pictured)

9.30am: Detectives sit down with a distressed Ellie and remain by her side for the rest of the day while other search crews hunt for Cleo.

11am: Homicide detectives from the Major Crime Division are called and begin travelling from Perth to assist with the search.

1pm: More homicide detectives and search experts are flown in from Perth.

3pm: Officers and search experts arrive in Carnarvon to offer their expertise.

Sunday, October 17

Ms Smith takes to social media to plead for help finding her missing daughter.

A Facebook post uploaded at 1:45am on Sunday which said: 'It's been over 24 hours since I last seen the sparkle in my little girl's eyes.

'Please help me find her!

'If you hear or see anything at all please call the police!'

Police suggest Cleo may have been abducted.

Monday, October 18

Police release an image of the red and grey sleeping bag missing from Cleo's tent.

Cleo's biological father is interviewed by police in Mandurah and is asked to provide a statement, which he does so willingly.

WA Police with the help of SES members, volunteers and aircraft continue the land hunt for Cleo, with officers searching nearby shacks and vehicles in the area.

Tuesday, October 19

Cleo's mother Ellie Smith and her partner Jake Gliddon front the media for the first time and describe the terrifying moment they realised the little girl was missing.

Ms Smith says her four-year-old would never have left the tent by herself.

Police release new images of Cleo and the pink and blue one-piece she was wearing the night she went missing to aid the investigation.

Investigators urge anyone who was at the campsite or in the vicinity on October 15 to get in contact with police. 

Wednesday, October 20

Police reveal the zip of the family tent, which was found hanging wide open by her mother at 6am on Saturday morning, was too high for Cleo to reach.

Officers say they 'haven't ruled out' reports from campers who heard the sound of screeching tyres in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Deputy Police Commissioner Daryl Gaunt confirms officers are investigating the whereabouts of 20 registered sex offenders in the Carnarvon area.

Thursday, October 21

The WA Government offers a $1million reward for information that leads to Cleo's location announced by WA Premier Mark McGowan.

'All Western Australians' thoughts are with Cleo's family during what is an unimaginably difficult time,' Mr McGowan said.

'We're all praying for a positive outcome.'

The speed of the reward being issued - within days of her disappearance - was unprecedented.

Pictured: Police are seen examining rubbish left near the Blowholes campsite in remote WA

Pictured: Police are seen examining rubbish left near the Blowholes campsite in remote WA 

Monday, October 25

WA Police confirm Cleo was definitely at the camp site - on CCTV footage on a camera installed inside a beach shack just 20 metres from the family tent she disappeared from. 

Tuesday, October 26

Forensic officers and detectives spent much of the day at her home in Carnarvon, 900km north of Perth, on Tuesday and left with two bags of evidence.

Although investigators had been to the home before, this was the first time they thoroughly searched inside with a forensics team.

Acting WA Police Commissioner Col Blanch said the search of the family home was 'standard practice' and did not indicate they were suspects in Cleo's disappearance.

Wednesday, October 27

WA Police forensics officers return to the Blowholes campground and are seen collecting soil samples from a number of campfires near shacks in the area.

The federal government announce Australian Federal Police officers had been drafted in to support forensic and intelligence efforts.

Friday, October 29

Police return to the Blowholes camp to analyse the area with drones.

Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde returns to the Blowholes campsite to join the search for Cleo as the search hit the two-week mark.

He confirms national and international agencies are engaged in the search for Cleo.

Sunday, October 31

Detectives go door-knocking at a number of homes along the North West Coastal Highway in the North Plantations, 5km from Cleo's hometown on Sunday.

Monday, November 1

Detectives sort through mounds of rubbish from roadside bins located hundreds of kilometres away from the campsite she vanished from.

The material was transported to Perth, where forensic officers and recruits sorted through hundreds of bags in search of items that may have helped them find Cleo.

Officers issue a plea for dash cam and CCTV footage from within a 1000km radius of where the four-year-old disappeared.

Police renew an appeal for more businesses in Carnarvon to provide footage and go door to door in an industrial area on the outskirts of the town.

Her elated mother, Ellie, (pictured, with Cleo, her partner and younger daughter) broke her silence the morning Cleo was found, sharing a series of love heart emojis on Instagram

Her elated mother, Ellie, (pictured, with Cleo, her partner and younger daughter) broke her silence the morning Cleo was found, sharing a series of love heart emojis on Instagram 

Wednesday, November 3

After two-and-a-half weeks of searching Cleo Smith is found alive and well in the early hours of November 3.

WA Police Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch confirmed just before 7am AEST that little Cleo is alive and well and had been reunited with her relieved parents.

'One of the officers picked her up into his arms and asked her 'what's your name?' he said. 'She said: 'My name is Cleo'.'

Ellie Smith posted to social media: 'Our family is whole again'.

A Carnarvon man is taken in custody and questioned by detectives.

On October 19, Ellie Smith (pictured) and her partner Jake Gliddon fronted the media for the first time and begged the public to report any information 'big or small'

On October 19, Ellie Smith (pictured) and her partner Jake Gliddon fronted the media for the first time and begged the public to report any information 'big or small'

Thursday, November 4

Terry Darrell Kelly, 36, was charged with multiple offences including forcibly taking a child under 16 and appeared in Carnarvon Magistrate's Court barefoot and wearing a black T-shirt.

Monday, November 8

Specialist police return to Carnarvon to 'ascertain whether there was anyone else involved'

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Cleo Smith detectives in Carnarvon, WA, say another person could be involved in alleged kidnapping

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