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Police have released an image of a sleeping bag that resembles Cleo Smith’s as the frantic search for the missing four-year-old girl enters a fourth day.

Cleo was staying in a tent with her family at the Blowholes Campground in Macleod, near Carnarvon, when she was reported missing on Saturday morning.

Inspector Jon Munday earlier said authorities were “throwing everything we can at this search” and confirmed a sleeping bag had also gone missing.

“We are gravely concerned for the safety of Cleo,” he said.

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“We’re not leaving anything to chance. We’re trying to cover all our bases and we’re not ruling anything out — we’re going as hard as we can for as long as we can to try to find Cleo.”

Cleo was sleeping in a red and black sleeping bag and was wearing a pink and purple one-piece jumpsuit with a blue and yellow pattern before she vanished.

Camera IconPolice have released an image of Cleo Smith's sleeping bag. WA Police Credit: Supplied
Cleo Smith was reported missing from the Blowholes campsite north of Carnarvon on Saturday morning.
Camera IconCleo Smith was reported missing from the Blowholes campsite north of Carnarvon on Saturday morning. Credit: Supplied

Homicide squad and major crime detectives have since joined the search for Cleo who vanished from a campsite in Western Australia’s north amid fears she may have been abducted.

Police said Cleo’s family woke to find her gone about 6am, having last seen her inside the tent about 1.30am on Saturday.

“At this point in time, unfortunately, everything is still on the table,” Inspector Munday said on Monday when asked if she may have been abducted.

But Inspector Munday refused to comment about reports a car was heard skidding in the area about 3am on the morning Cleo vanished, nor would he comment on items that may have been taken or recovered.

Rain is expected today which could hinder aspects of the search, though authorities plan to search for at least another two days.

Cleo Smith vanished on Saturday while camping with her family.
Camera IconCleo Smith vanished on Saturday while camping with her family. Credit: Supplied

Cleo’s mother Ellie Smith previously posted on social media, urging anyone who might have seen her “sparkling” daughter to call police.

Despite an extensive land, air and sea search – which has covered more than 5km from where she was last seen – there’s been no trace of Cleo.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by local man Bill Kent to help Cleo’s family and the search efforts, so far raising more than $43,000.

Two private local companies, Coral Coast Helicopter Services and Double R, are helping with search efforts.

Expert trackers are also believed to have joined the search, which has already involved State Emergency Service personnel, rangers, an AMSA jet and Australian Defence Force drones.

There’s been no trace of Cleo Smith despite an extensive search. Supplied: WA Police
Camera IconThere’s been no trace of Cleo Smith despite an extensive search. Supplied: WA Police Credit: Supplied

Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said detectives were “not ruling anything out”.

“We feel very desperately for the family in this very unusual situation where we don’t know where Cleo is,” he said.

Police also determined who was staying at the campsite at the time of Cleo’s disappearance and searched campers leaving the site.

The “extremely harsh” environment surrounding the site was of concern if she did wander off but conditions at the time were conducive for survival, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 131 444.

Anyone who passed through the area is also urged to come forward.

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