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.
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.
The car, which does not have number plates and is covered in cobwebs, was tagged with stickers marking evidence on its doors.
Officers photographed and tested the interior of the car, which has stayed put in the driveway since Mr Kelly’s arrest.
It is understood that Mr Kelly was in another car when he was arrested nearby.
At least one phone has also been seized for a deep analysis.
The investigation on the ground is being scaled back, with the heavy police presence in Carnarvon — which has been heaving with detectives since Cleo went missing on October 16 — expected to be gone by the weekend.
The officers are part of Taskforce Rodia, which was formed in the wake of the four-year-old’s disappearance from the tent she shared with her family at the Blowholes campsite.
Following a $1 million reward and police investigative work that involved analysing data — including mobile phone data — they were led to Mr Kelly’s home 18 days later.
Despite police holding “grave” fears for her safety during the almost three-week search, Cleo was found alive in a locked room.
The little girl was returned to her family a short time later — an extraordinary moment that made headlines across the globe.
Mr Kelly has been charged over the abduction and has been remanded in custody in a Perth jail.