Cleo Smith seen safe in mum’s arms as ‘needle in haystack clue’ led to rescue

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Cleo Smith, the four-year-old girl who was found after disappearing for 18 days, has been seen for the first time, safely in her mother's arms.

She was spotted smiling and holding a pink balloon as her mum Ellie Smith carried her out of their home in Carnarvon, Australia.

Police raided the 36-year-old suspect's house after a tip-off on Tuesday.

After the raid, Western Australia’s Deputy Police Commissioner Col Blanch announced: "It’s my privilege to announce that in the early hours of this morning, the Western Australia police force rescued Cleo Smith. Cleo is alive and well.

"We've collected phone data, witness statements, DNA, fingerprints, rubbish along the highways, CCTV – we've collected everything.

"We had to find that needle. Last night the needle in the haystack came out and they acted in a heartbeat."

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