A PILOT who was one of the first people to begin searching for missing Cleo Smith says she probably vanished from the area long before police arrived.
Justin Borg received a desperate call from Cleo’s parents on Saturday morning, after the four-year-old after vanished from her family’s remote campsite in Western Australia last Saturday morning.
Mr Borg’s team spent the whole day scouring the landscape, but saw nothing that shed any light on Cleo’s disappearance.
He told the Western Australian: “We were just running out the block of possibilities asking ‘where do we look next? We were pretty sure she wasn’t in the area when we conducted our second search. When we go and search for somebody, if they are in the area you find them really quick. Especially if you are talking abnormal colours.”
Meanwhile, deputy police commissioner Col Blanch yesterday revealed that investigators are searching for the child’s remains.
He said: “Cleo disappeared from her family’s tent, despite an extensive land, sea and air search, we have not yet located her body.”
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