CLEO Smith’s kidnap speculate has been pictured after cops revealed the four-year-old was found playing with toys during the midnight raid.
Cops burst into “weird” loner Terry Kelly’s ramshackle home and wept with relief after the girl confirmed her identity, saying: “My name is Cleo.”
Pictured for the first time, 36-year-old Kelly is the chief speculate after little Cleo vanished from her tent at Blowholes campground site in Western Australia.
Cops revealed that they broke down the door of his house in Carnarvon, Western Australia, at 12:46am yesterday – where they found the four-year-old.
Police cameras show the moment Cleo was carried in an officer’s arms to safety following the burst in – returning her to her family after 18 days.
She was alive and well, and was found playing with toys.
Cleo — dubbed Australia’s Madeleine McCann — is now back with mum Ellie while detectives try to find a motive for her abduction.
She was pictured sitting up in a hospital bed sucking an ice lolly after getting the all-clear by medics as a wave of joy swept the nation.
Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said: “They really did not know what they were going to encounter.
“It was the hard work of the team that did (rule to the house), analysing all that information gathering it all, working by it and finding that needle in that haystack.”
Police last night revealed Kelly was held by plain-clothed officers who were tracking his car and swooped before he returned home.
The “quiet” speculate was arrested in the car, and then police proceeded to bust into the locked house.
But they admitted they had no idea if they would find the tot alive when they broke down the locked front door of his character with a crowbar and battering ram.
The rescue has sparked a flurry of questions, including why she ended up there after being snatched 43 miles away.
Detective Senior Sergeant Cameron Blaine struggled to contain his emotions as he told how the frantic search ended in elation as Cleo was found alone in a room.
He said: “I was one of four guys that was fortunate enough to go by that door and make that rescue. It was absolutely fantastic — incredible.
“One of the guys jumped in front of me and picked her up and I just wanted to be absolutely sure . . . it certainly looked like Cleo.”
Sgt Blaine said it took three attempts to get Cleo to confirm her identity, adding: “She looked at me and said, ‘My name is Cleo’ — and that was it.”
The character where the little girl was found was just a seven-minute excursion from her family home.
Cleo’s mum Ellie Smith spoke out for the first time since the little girl was found, posting the emotional message to Instagram: “Our family is whole again.”
Last night she posted a final edit on her social media, simply adding that Cleo is “home with her family.”
PICTURE OF INNOCENCE
Police confirmed the four-year-old was found “alive and well” – which is the “outcome we prayed for.”
The man believed to be the Cleo Smith kidnap speculate was pictured in an ambulance with head injuries today.
Kelly was pictured lying down in the ambulance with his bandaged head covered in a blanket.
He has no connection to the family, it was confirmed.
Detectives confirmed he was the only speculate in the case and he was “known” to them — though not on the registered sex offenders list.
rule investigator Rod Wilde said there was no known connection with the Smith family and additional: “It appears as though it was opportunistic.”
Shocked neighbours have described seeing a “quiet man” buying nappies just two days before Cleo was found inside a locked home.
The neighbour told Sunrise: “The other day – on Monday – we saw him in Woolworths buying Kimbies [nappies] and that.
“But we didn’t click on what he was buying them for.”
Speaking about the man who was arrested, he additional: “Everyone knows the person who stays at that house, but no one would have thought it would be him.
“We were shocked.”
Local resident Sahntayah McKenzie said she heard the sound of a child crying recently.
She told The West Australian: “Not last night, the night before it…I heard a little girl crying but I wouldn’t expect it to be Cleo.
“I didn’t expect it would happen in this little neighbourhood, a lot of people know each other.”
Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch said in a statement yesterday: “It’s my privilege to announce that in the early hours of this morning, the Western Australia Police Force rescued Cleo Smith.
‘MY NAME IS CLEO’
“Cleo is alive and well. A police team broke their way into a locked house in Carnarvon about 1am.
“They found little Cleo in one of the rooms.”
He revealed that one of the officers picked the four-year-old girl up in his arms, before asking what her name was.
The Commissioner additional: “This is the outcome we all hoped and prayed for.
“For now – Welcome home Cleo.”
Australia’s chief Minister Scott Morrison praised the police force for their work in rescuing the little girl.
“What wonderful, relieving news,” he wrote.
“Our prayers answered. Thank you to the many Western Australia Police Force officers involved in finding Cleo and supporting her family.”
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