Cleo Smith search: Posters of missing girl plastered across WA

Tom Zaunmayr and Kate PurnellThe West Australian
VideoPolice are exploring whether whoever took Cleo Smith from her tent had visited her family home beforehand, amid fears the abduction could have been pre-meditated.

As the desperate search for Cleo Smith continues, missing child posters have been plastered far and wide across WA as the public try to help law enforcement find answers to her tragic disappearance.

In Port Hedland, 850km north of Cleo’s last known location, posters and stickers have been placed in almost every business window in the town’s main shopping and tourist precincts.

Prominent Hedland community member Mudmee Vigar was on Thursday handing out stickers to businesses and shoppers at the South Hedland Shopping Centre.

Anyone heading north via sealed road must go through Port Hedland, with the only other option involving an 800km detour inland via Marble Bar on a partially unsealed road.

Pictures of Cleo Smith in the city.
Camera IconPictures of Cleo Smith in the city. Credit: Ross Swanborough/The West Australian

In the heart of the Perth CBD, Cleo’s photo was blown up on the 45-metre high digital tower in Yagan Square.

On the giant circular screens — which are seen by thousands of pedestrians and drivers every day — images of her missing sleeping bag and the pink one-piece sleepsuit she was last seen in were also displayed.

Posters were also hung around the 13-storey high-rise Australia Place on William Street.

Businesses in Exmouth and Karratha had also placed Cleo’s missing person posters in shop windows around the towns.

Cleo Smith poster in Geraldton.
Camera IconCleo Smith poster in Geraldton. Credit: Kate Campbell/The West Australian
Missing Cleo poster in Kalgoorlie.
Camera IconMissing Cleo poster in Kalgoorlie. Credit: Tegan Guthrie/Kalgoorlie Miner

Retailers in Karratha, about 640km from the four-year old’s last known location, had signs calling on anyone with information to contact the Police on 131 444.

In the Exmouth town centre and at local supermarkets, the posters featured QR Codes that when scanned directed people to the Facebook group ‘Bring Cleo Smith Home’ which had more than 55,500 members.

The signs also encouraged people to use the hashtag #BringCleoSmithHome on social media.

Cars and trucks across the State have also stuck images of the missing child on their vehicles after several WA-based printing companies donated thousands of stickers to help raise awareness and aid the search.

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