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Cleo Smith: Australians react to news missing girl has been found

There has been an outpouring of relief and happiness among Aussie over news Cleo Smith had been found, after a tough couple of years.

Australians have reacted with relief and joy at news missing four-year-old Cleo Smith was found alive and well in Western Australia.

Police released a statement confirming they had found Cleo in the early hours of this morning after breaking their way into a house in Carnarvon, about 70km from the campsite where she disappeared.

Cleo’s mum Ellie Smith posted a message on Instagram saying: “Our family is whole again”.

The good news has been welcomed by many Australians after a tough couple of years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Former journalist Ben Kimber tweeted it was a “welcome reminder miracles do happen”.

Comedian Scott Dooley said the good news felt like a turning point.

“Does the Cleo Smith news make you feel like we’re out of the woods a bit? After the best part of 2 years being beaten down, it’s nice to get some good news,” he wrote on Twitter.

Others appeared to agree, saying it was the best news to come out of 2020 and 2021.

The relief from those involved in the search for the young girl was also palpable with NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller telling 2GB’s Ben Fordham that WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson “broke down and cried” when he got the call this morning.

“That speaks volumes,” Commissioner Fuller said. “I thought the chances of finding her alive were so slim.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who is on his way back to Australia after attending the COP26 climate conference, tweeted that Australia’s “prayers (have been) answered”.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk tweeted that it was “incredible news”.

Thoughts also turned to another high profile case, with some wondering whether things could have been different for Daniel Morcombe, 13, who was abducted and later found to have been murdered.

There was also praise for Western Australia Police.

Cleo disappeared from the family tent at the Quobba Blowholes campground, in Macleod near Carnarvon in Western Australia’s north, on October 16.

Investigators believed the girl was abducted in the early hours of the morning, after ruling out that she would have been able to wander our of the tent on her own.

Her mum, Ellie Smith, said her daughter woke up at 1.30am asking for water before going back to bed.

Ms Smith then woke up at about 6am to find the tent unzipped and Cleo missing. The police were called just before 6.30am.

For weeks officers have been questioning people who were at the campsite, mapping CCTV cameras, using drones to help with the search and even shifting through tonnes of rubbish for any clues to her whereabouts.

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