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Mark Magawan Honors Western Australian Police Rescue Cleo Smith

Mother Ellie Smith and stepfather Jake Glidon are seeking information about the disappearance of their child Cleo Smith. Photo: James Carmody / ABC

After Cleo Smith went missing for 18 days, the rescued hero police were honored at a ceremony in Perth.

After a 900km trip from Carnerbon in the northern part of the state, four-year-old Cleo’s mother Ellie Smith and her stepfather Jake Glidon were also present.

All 140 members of the Task Force who helped take Cleo home were honored at a dinner hosted by Premier of Western Australia Mark Magawan and Governor Kim Beazley.

Cleo Smith went missing on a remote WA. Photo: Facebook
Cleo Smith went missing on a remote WA. Photo: Facebook

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Among the attendees were police who found Cleo-Sergeant Criminal Sergeant Cameron Brain, Sergeant Criminal Sergeant Jason Hutchinson, Senior Criminal Sergeant Kurt Ford and Drew Masterson.

The girl disappeared on October 16 while camping with her family near Quobba Blowholes on the northwest coast of the state.

Cleo was found by police almost three weeks later at the kidnapper’s home near Carnerbon’s parents’ home.

Prime Minister Mark Magawan has taken the time to recognize the “amazing work” of all those involved in the relief efforts that have become a hot topic around the world.

The house where Cleo was found in Canalbon.Photo: Colin Marty
The house where Cleo was found in Canalbon.Photo: Colin Marty

“The Governor and I have police officers, analysts and civil servants involved in finding Cleo. We want to admit their great work and how hard and effective they were. “I will.”

Detective Rod Wild talks to police secretary Chris Dawson and the media during Cleo's search.Photo: Colin Marty
Detective Rod Wild talks to police secretary Chris Dawson and the media during Cleo’s search.Photo: Colin Marty

Rescue Investigator Rod Wilde has been promoted to Commander of State Crime Operations, one of the highest ranks of the Western Australian Police Department.

Cleo’s kidnapper, Terence Darrell Kelly, has been detained in Perth’s safe prison and will appear in court on Monday.

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