INSPIRATIONAL: A neighbor became suspicious … …

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

PUBLISHED: 21:36 EDT, 2 November 2021 | UPDATED: 21:54 EDT, 2 November 2021

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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.’

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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”?