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Search for clues continues at home of Cleo kidnap accused

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Forensics officers have returned to the home of the man accused of kidnapping Cleo Smith to see if a chemical sprayed inside the property has revealed any fingerprints of interest.

The team arrived at Terence Kelly’s Tonkin Crescent home in Carnarvon about 9am on Thursday carrying gear inside.

They had earlier used the chemical Superfume to turn up any latent fingerprints at the scene.

The West Australian understands that once the review is done, the forensic process at the home will be signed off as complete.


It comes as The West Australian revealed that police had not yet found the sleeping bag that was also missing from the tent when Cleo was allegedly abducted.

Mr Kelly’s home has been under police guard for nine days, with forensics at the home the entire time apart from on Wednesday when the chemical was developing.

Camera IconPolice outside of the home where Cleo was found. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

Officers have turned the home upside down in their search for evidence, filling trailer loads of items of interest that is expected to be taken to Perth for examination by scientists in a laboratory.

Items seen being taken from the home include at least one Bratz doll and a box of crayons and pens. A bed frame was being dusted for fingerprints in the backyard at one point last week.

On Tuesday, officers turned their attention to a Mazda SUV in Mr Kelly’s driveway.

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