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09th Nov 2021

Australian police looking for potential accomplice in Cleo Smith’s abduction

“Our focus this week is for us to ascertain whether there was anyone else involved.”

Police in Australia are reportedly looking into the possibility that another person may have been involved in the abduction of four-year-old Cleo Smith, who was rescued last week.

Forensic officers were spotted in the driveway of her accused abductor’s home as they scoured a silver Mazda SUV on Tuesday.

36-year-old Terence Kelly was arrested and charged with Cleo’s kidnapping after an 18-day search led investigators to finding the girl alive and well at his home in Carnarvon, just a 7 minute drive from the Smith family home.

He was transferred to Casuarina Prison in Perth last Friday.

Daily Mail Australia has now reported that Cleo told police a woman “helped her dress and brush her hair” and would come “to look after her” while she was allegedly abducted.

The revelation reportedly came during interviews between the girl and Western Australian Police Force’s child abuse squad.

Police did not confirm or elaborate, but Detective Senior Sergeant Cameron Blaine said investigators would remain in the town until at least the end of this week.

“Our focus this week is for us to ascertain whether there was anyone else involved,” he said on Monday. “That’s why we are still here.

“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.”