Cleo Smith missing update – 'Kidnapper' Terry Kelly watched mum's pleas on Facebook before 4-year-old was found

THE man suspected of abducting Cleo Smith was spotted with a car full of dolls after the four-year-old went missing, his neighbour claims.

Terence Darrell Kelly, 36, appeared in court on Thursday after he was charged with forcibly taking a child under 16.

Kelly was arrested on Tuesday night just before officers swooped on a property where they found Cleo, who has now been reunited with her family.

But just over a week ago, one neighbour told Daily Mail Australia that he saw the accused kidnapper with more than ten dolls in the back of his blue Mazda.

Read our Cleo Smith live blog below for the latest updates..

  • Louis Allwood

    'Best big sister'

    Cleo Smith has a younger half sister called Isla, whose father is Jake Gliddon, Cleo’s stepfather.

    Though the two sisters do not share the same father, their mother Ellie has described Cleo as the best big sister.

    They often played together in pictures shared by mum Ellie.

    Isla is reported to be seven-months-old.

    Cleo’s biological dad is Daniel Staines.

  • Louis Allwood

    Where was the four-year-old found?

    Police smashed their way into a home in Carnarvon on Tuesday, November, 2021, following forensic clues.

    Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch from WA Police said in a statement: “They found little Cleo in one of the rooms.

    “One of the officers picked her up into his arms and asked her, ‘What’s your name?’ She said ‘My name is Cleo’.”

    The girl has been reunited with her parents, who had made desperate pleas for Cleo’s return.

    Her mother, Ellie Smith, wrote on Instagram: “Our family is whole again.”

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    'I heard a little girl crying'

    Sounds of children crying was heard by local resident Sahntayah McKenzie and she did not think Cleo would be found in her neighborhood .

    She told The West Australian: “Not last night, the night before it…I heard a little girl crying but I wouldn’t expect it to be Cleo.

    “I didn’t expect it would happen in this little neighbourhood, a lot of people know each other.”

  • Louis Allwood

    No 'other suspects'

    Lead investigator Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde told reporters police did not have any other suspects in the case.

    “It appears as though it was opportunistic,” he said.

    No one is exactly sure of why Cleo was kidnapped but there is no evidence so far that there was a sexual motivation to it.

  • Louis Allwood

    Who is Terry Kelly?

    Terry Kelly was arrested in connection with her disappearance on the morning of Wednesday, November 3, 2021.

    The next day, Kelly was charged with forcibly taking Cleo.

    The 36-year-old man was pictured lying down in the ambulance with his bandaged head covered in a blanket.

    Sahntayah McKenzie who lives nearby said she heard the sound of crying one night, but did not connect it to the missing girl.

    She told The West Australian: “Not last night, the night before it… I heard a little girl crying but I wouldn’t expect it to be Cleo.

    “I didn’t expect it would happen in this little neighbourhood, a lot of people know each other.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Dolls 'obsession'

    One of Kelly’s many social media profiles is a Facebook page devoted to his obsession with Bratz dolls, an American brand featuring scantily clad teenage figures.

    On the page, posted a video of himself with a filter showing hearts with the words “I love my dolls”.

    Another picture shows a room dedicated to the dolls, with shelves stacked to the ceiling showing a large number still in the boxes, the Sydney Morning Herald Reports.

    Kelly is also pictured with one of the dolls in each hand wearing a Bratz t-shirt with the words: “Nothing beats chilling at home with by Bratz dolls”.

    He also uploaded photos to Facebook in April 2020 showing him taking a doll for a car drive.

    “I love taking my dolls for drive around and doing their hair and taking selfies in public”, he captioned the post.

    Police were asked about the alleged doll obsession and whether Kelly might have used the toys to lure Cleo but said they would not be commenting on it. 

  • Louis Allwood

    How long was she missing for?

    Little Cleo was carried to safety when she was found safe 18 days after vanishing from Blowholes Campground – just 43 miles from Carnarvon.

    She was discovered by police in the early hours of Wednesday after they received a sudden tip-off of her whereabouts.

    Officers used battering rams and crowbars to kick in the door to the house – which was just seven minutes away from where she lives with her family.

  • Louis Allwood

    ‘Kidnapper’ watched her parents’ pleas for help by following her mum on Facebook

    CLEO Smith's alleged kidnapper Terry Kelly watched her mother pour out her anguish by following her on Facebook, reports claim.

    The doll-obsessed loner – who winked as he was led to jail in shackles today – is also said to have posted a cryptic message about online privacy at 5am on the morning little Cleo was snatched from her family's tent.

    Kelly wrote on his Facebook status on October 16: "I can't accept friend requests from strangers.

    "I live a private life and I respect those who are on my friend list to ensure their privacy is respected too.

    "Us adults have to be careful online too."

    It's understood the post was made about 5am, reports Daily Mail Australia. 

  • Louis Allwood

    Answers we still need

    There are still several unanswered questions in the Cleo abduction case.

    Although everyone is happy the 4-year-old now back with her family people will see be wondering the following:

    • What was the suspect’s motive?
    • Was she moved about or kept in the same house all the time?
    • How did the kidnapper get in the tent without waking the rest of the family?
    • Why was Cleo snatched and not her sister?
    • What is the suspect “known to police” for?
    • Who or what tipped off the police to that house?
    • Had the suspect do or tried to do anything like this before?
    • Joseph Gamp

      Neighbour heard little girl crying

      Local resident Sahntayah McKenzie said she heard the sound of a child crying recently.

      She told The West Australian: “Not last night, the night before it…I heard a little girl crying but I wouldn’t expect it to be Cleo.

      “I didn’t expect it would happen in this little neighbourhood, a lot of people know each other.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      Recap: What did the police say when Cleo was found?

      On Tuesday, Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch said in a statement: “It’s my privilege to announce that in the early hours of this morning, the Western Australia Police Force rescued Cleo Smith.

      “Cleo is alive and well. A police team broke their way into a locked house in Carnarvon about 1am.

      “They found little Cleo in one of the rooms. Cleo was reunited with her parents a short time later.

      “This is the outcome we all hoped and prayed for.

      “It’s the outcome we’ve achieved because of some incredible police work.

      “I want to thank Cleo’s parents, the Western Australian community and the many volunteers.

      “I can confirm we have a man from Carnarvon in custody who is currently being questioned by detectives.

      “We’ll have more to say on the rescue of Cleo as the day unfolds. For now – Welcome home Cleo.”

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      Little energizer bunny (continued)

      Blaine continued: “Finding her caused shock to start with, quickly followed by elation.”

      “And having seen her a couple times this morning, she is a little energizer bunny.

      “She’s just a very, very sweet, energetic girl, very trusting and very open with us.

      “You know, we all wanted to take turns in holding her.

      “It was a really good experience.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      Cleo like a ‘little energizer bunny’

      COPS who found Cleo Smith have described the four-year-old as a “little energizer bunny” amid details of her miraculous rescue.

      Detective Sergeant Cameron Blaine said his team were “elated” when they discovered the little girl – just 18 days after she vanished from her tent at Blowholes campground site in Western Australia.

      According to Sky News, Blaine said: “Cleo is physically okay – that was evident from the start.”

      “It was absolutely fantastic. To see her sitting there was incredible.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      Cleo’s best friends plea

      During the 18 days she was missing, Cleo Smith’s best friend pleaded for the “abducted toddler” to come home because “she needs to stay with her family”.

      Lenaya “Naya” Forbes posed beside a drawing she made for her pal who had vanished.

      “I still miss her,” little Naya told 7News. “And I reckon she got taken from the tent.

      “I still miss her cause she’s lost and I want her to come back.”

      No doubt the little girl, who may not fully understand what is going on, will be delighted to she her friend very soon.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Cleo Smith was a seven-minute drive from home

      The property where the little girl was found was just a seven-minute drive from her family home.

      She vanished from the Blowholes campsite on October 18.

      Western Australia Police confirmed that cops broke their way into a locked property at around 1am in Carnarvon, Western Australia.

    • Joseph Gamp

      ‘I’m coming for you’

      THE suspect charged with abducting Cleo Smith appeared in court and shouted “I’m coming for you” at the media.

      Terry Kelly, 36, was barefoot as he was charged with multiple offences including forcibly taking a child under 16.  

      Kelly nodded that he acknowledged the charges and didn’t apply for bail. He was remanded in custody until December 6.

      He also objected to reporters being in the hearing, asking the magistrate “what the f*** are the media doing here?”

      Kelly then said “I’m coming for you” during the hearing.

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      $1m AU reward will not be claimed, say police

      A huge $1million AU (£540,000) reward for finding a missing four-year-old will not be claimed, police have said.

      The large sum was put on the table after Cleo Smith went missing from her tent at the Quobba Blowholes camping ground.

      Acting Police Commissioner Col Blanch said: "Intelligence led them to that house. They went into that house, Cleo was in the house alone."

      Asked by reporters on Wednesday whether he thought the reward would be claimed, he said: "I don’t believe so, no."

    • Joseph Gamp

      Cleo's family 'humbled' by the nation's love and support

      “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in the rescue of our daughter Cleo Smith,” mum Ellie Smith and stepfather Jake Gliddon said in the statement, released on Friday.

      "In particular, we would like to thank WA Police, all those involved in the initial search, the Carnarvon community, local businesses and of course our family and friends.

      “We are humbled by the love and support that we have received from not only our local community but the whole of Western Australia and across the country.

      “We are so thankful that our little girl is back within our arms and our family is whole again.

      “As we try to get on with our lives, we ask that you respect our privacy.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      Cleo was found unharmed and playing alone

      Police also confirmed Cleo was apparently unharmed and playing when they found her alone this week.

      She was reunited with mum Ellie after vanishing from a campsite 43 miles from her home in Carnarvon, Western Australia.

      Detective Senior Sergeant Cameron Blaine said: "The lights were on and she was playing with toys, I think that's all I want to say."

    • Joseph Gamp

      How did Cleo go missing?

      Dubbed the ‘Aussie Maddie McCann,’ cops launched a desperate hunt for the child after she went missing from the remote campsite in her pink pyjamas.

      Her mum last saw her at 1.30am when she gave her a drink of water, and then her and her partner Jake Gliddon awoke to find the tot missing – sparking a frantic search.

      Cleo’s disappearance sent shockwaves through the community in Australia.

      The police were called around three hours after she was found to be missing as the family had hoped the girl was just hiding nearby – searching the area with other campers.

      Authorities previously also offered a $1m reward for information leading to Cleo’s location.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Suspect Terence Kelly 'has no connection' to Smith family

      After weeks of searching in the Outback, Cleo was yesterday found in a room inside a locked house.

      Her first words were “my name is Cleo” as cops busted open the door and found the girl – 18 days after she vanished from her tent at Blowholes campground site in Western Australia.

      The suspect, who police say has no connection with the family, was arrested at the property.

      He was seen with his head bandaged after reportedly being attacked by a fellow prisoner who learned what he’d been taken into custody for.

    • Joseph Gamp

      How and where did police find Cleo Smith?

      Cleo disappeared from her family's tent at a campsite near the town of Carnarvon on October 16, 2021, triggering a massive search.

      A 36-year-old man is in custody and being questioned by detectives.

      Police smashed their way into a home in Carnarvon on Tuesday, November, 2021, following forensic clues.

      Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch from WA Police said in a statement: "They found little Cleo in one of the rooms.

      "One of the officers picked her up into his arms and asked her, 'What's your name?' She said 'My name is Cleo'."

      The girl has been reunited with her parents, who had made desperate pleas for Cleo's return.

      Her mother, Ellie Smith, wrote on Instagram: "Our family is whole again."

    • Joseph Gamp

      Explained: Does Cleo Smith have any siblings?

      Cleo Smith has a younger half sister called Isla, whose father is Jake Gliddon, Cleo's stepfather.

      Though the two sisters do not share the same father, their mother Ellie has described Cleo as the best big sister.

      They often played together in pictures shared by mum Ellie.

      Isla is reported to be seven-months-old.

      Cleo's biological dad is Daniel Staines.

    • Joseph Gamp

      ‘The outcome we all hoped and prayed for’

      Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch said in a statement: “It’s my privilege to announce that in the early hours of this morning, the Western Australia Police Force rescued Cleo Smith.

      “Cleo is alive and well. A police team broke their way into a locked house in Carnarvon about 1am.

      “They found little Cleo in one of the rooms. Cleo was reunited with her parents a short time later.

      “This is the outcome we all hoped and prayed for.

      “It’s the outcome we’ve achieved because of some incredible police work.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      Obsessed with Bratz dolls

      Pictures of Terence Kelly show him with one of the dolls in each hand wearing a Bratz t-shirt with the words: “Nothing beats chilling at home with by Bratz dolls”.

      He also uploaded photos to Facebook in April 2020 showing him taking a doll for a car drive.

      He captioned the post: “I love taking my dolls for drive around and doing their hair and taking selfies in public."

      Police were asked about the alleged doll obsession and whether Kelly might have used the toys to lure Cleo but said they would not be commenting on it. 

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