Finding Cleo

Imagine being told by police they’re now searching the dark web for your missing four year-old.

There are now more than 100 police officers working around the clock on the Cleo Smith case. Top secret Federal Police techniques and even satellites have been put to work in the mission. Over the past two years, police have been asked to do a lot of unedifying, foolish things but a search like this is why most of them joined up. A grateful nation wishes Godspeed to little Cleo, more power to the right arm of WA Police and merciless vengeance against the perpetrator.

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15 Responses to Finding Cleo

  1. Davey Boy says:

    just found, in a locked house in Carnarvon, if media reports are true.

    Praise be.

  2. jupes says:

    “Alive and well“. Cleo has (reportedly) gone home with her parents.

    May not have been a pervert that took her. Let’s hope.

  3. C.L. says:

    Thank you, God!

  4. rosie says:

    Deo Gratias indeed.

  5. C.L. says:

    I was thinking about this case last night.
    Originally titled, “I won’t be complaining about anything today,” I was going to expand on how trivial a lot of what we discuss every day really is and what real police work entails (not shooting civilians). Anyway, it was getting late so I kept it simple, changed the title and went to bed. When I saw Davey Boy’s news flash this morning, I was pleased, to say the least.

  6. Shy Ted says:

    A good outcome.
    But, “Top secret Federal Police techniques”. They mean the surveillance state.

  7. Old School Conservative says:

    From The Australian:

    It was a simple tip off late on Tuesday that led to the rescue of missing four-year-old Cleo Smith — whose disappearance had stopped the nation in its tracks.

    Within a couple hours, officers were deployed to act on the new information, arriving at a low-set unassuming Carnarvon home, minutes drive from the local cop station.

    I hope the reward money goes to a deserving person.

  8. Lee says:

    This and other “real” crimes are what police should be investigating and following up.
    Not lecturing or arresting naughty people in their own home, merely for being critical of the government online or organizing protests, assaulting and pepper spraying grannies, slamming a man’s head onto a concrete floor while his back is turned, and shooting peaceful protesters in the back with bullets.
    In Danistan, anyway.

  9. Entropy says:

    a low-set unassuming Carnarvon home, minutes drive from the local cop station.

    So anywhere within a ten 10 km circumference of the city limits?

  10. Tel says:

    May not have been a pervert that took her. Let’s hope.

    I heard one man was arrested hanging around the same house where she was found. I bet the cops are asking that guy a few very blunt questions.

    If it had been a day or two after she vanished, then he might have had an innocent explanation but since this has been high profile and she has been gone for weeks … hmmm … hard to imagine that he has much to say for himself. Anyhow, tell that to the jury I suppose, they sure will listen carefully.

  11. Tel says:

    Top secret Federal Police techniques and even satellites have been put to work in the mission.

    Almost certainly this means phone tapping, tracking GPS, metadata, and loss of privacy once again. I guess the justification is that it gets results so it’s worth the exchange. Difficult to ensure the power never gets used for political purposes.

    It was a simple tip off late on Tuesday that led to the rescue of missing four-year-old Cleo Smith

    And the good old fashioned low tech methods do also work very well … in a community where the authorities are both trusted and trustworthy … which is hopefully still achievable.

  12. Perfidious Albino says:

    Good point Lee – I wonder if Tim Smith would have chanced his arm behind the wheel had plod still been conducting RBT’s instead of beating down pensioners…

  13. Entropy says:

    I heard one man was arrested hanging around the same house where she was found. I bet the cops are asking that guy a few very blunt questions.

    Not a man. At all.

  14. Shy Ted says:

    Very strange. 18 days. Found in very good condition and apparently not traumatised. Kidnapper must have taken good care of her. Buying nappies seems to have been the big clue. But she’s 4. Should be out of nappies. Sitting up in hospital within the hour, smiling. There’s lots about this that doesn’t make sense. A story to keep watching. But well done all involved.

  15. vlad redux says:

    merciless vengeance against the perpetrator

    But let’s not forget our principles. In our system the accused is innocent until proved guilty; no exceptions.

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