Cleo Smith Search: Carcass dogs can be flown in from the interstate to help police

Fortress WA will have to lower its drawbridge to the eastern states if police want help from carcass dogs and their handlers from NSW or Queensland in search of where Cleo Smith is.

Taskforce Rodia detectives have not given up hope of finding Cleo alive, but have to consider all eventualities.

Detective Detective Rod Wilde has revealed that dragging dogs into the search was “something we can consider.”

WA Police has no carcass dogs in its kennels. “But we have access to other Australian police jurisdiction resources if and when required,” a police spokesman said.

NSW and Queensland Police both have specialist dogs for detecting human remains.

It-Supt Wilde said his team of about 100 officers “carefully” went through all the information gathered so far.

Frustratingly, they still had not identified anyone who had been at the Blowholes campground when Cleo was suspected of being abducted.

“We have identified and talked to over 110 people who were there that night. We still believe there may be a few more who have not come forward,” he told 6PR.

“Of course we would be eager for these people to sign up so we can talk to them.

“Maybe they have some information that could be critical to the investigation.” Only by talking to everyone can they “put together what actually happened that night.”

“We have talked to everyone (in the immediate vicinity of the tent), but nothing has come out of it so far,” he added.

The senior detective acknowledged that the case was unusual, given the risks and efforts a perpetrator would have made to approach the tent, zip it up, steal Cleo inside her sleeping bag and get away without disturbing her sleeping parents or anyone else in nearby.

“That’s what we’re trying to understand,” he said. The Taskforce chief also agreed that there was only a small amount of time for someone to see Cleo before she was tucked away in her sleeping bag.

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