AN Australian girl who has been missing for six days has likely become the victim of a kidnapping, police have warned.
Cleo Smith disappeared from her family’s tent in Western Australia during the early hours of Saturday morning – sparking an extensive air, sea and ground search.
But after six days of fruitlessly combing in the area surrounding the Blowholes campsite – a coastal tourist spot about 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) north of Perth – police said they were “urgently seeking” public assistance.
Western Australia police deputy commissioner Col Blanch said: “Someone in our community knows what happened to Cleo. Someone has the knowledge that can help. Now there’s a million reasons why you need to come forward.”
And Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde said the investigation now “leads us to believe that she was taken from the tent”.
“We are hopeful that we will find Cleo alive. But we hold great fears for her safety,” he added during a press conference.
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