What led detectives to Cleo Smith: Police reveal a tip-off and ‘needle in a haystack’ forensic clues led officers to house where she was found
- Tip-off and forensic clues led detectives to Cleo inside a locked suburban house
- Police found four-year-old about 1am Wednesday after breaking into property
- WA top police officer said a ‘needle in haystack’ clue emerged late on Tuesday
- Ultimately police tip-off led officers to Carnarvon house on Wednesday morning
By CHARLIE COË FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA
PUBLISHED: 21:36 EDT, 2 November 2021 | UPDATED: 21:54 EDT, 2 November 2021
*** begin quote ***
A neighbour told Australia’s Seven News they became suspicious after seeing the arrested man buying nappies from a supermarket.
‘The other day, like, I think it was Monday, we saw him in Woolworths buying nappies but we didn’t click on who it was or what he was buying them for,’ she said. ‘Until now.’
*** end quote ***
Good work by all involved. Especially the neighbor who noticed the unusual purchase.
An alert citizenry is the best “first responder”.
I wonder when the forensics were that are being held “close to the vest”?