Australian celebrities have reacted to the news missing four-year-old Cleo Smith has miraculously been found alive.
Cleo was found on Wednesday, 18 days after vanishing from her family’s tent in a remote campsite in Western Australia.
Sunrise newsreader Edwina Bartholomew led the reactions on social media, writing: ‘CLEO FOUND. Breaking news. The best possible outcome. Well done to WA Police.’
Reaction: Australian celebrities including Lisa Wilkinson, Edwina Bartholomew and Brendan Fevola have reacted to news missing four-year-old Cleo Smith (pictured) has been found alive
Swimmer Libby Trickett also wrote: ‘I’m so happy she’s alive and I hope she and her family can heal through such a traumatic experience. Sending love to them all.’
‘Cleo Smith found alive and well in a lock house in Carnarvon. Now back safely in the arms of her parents. The best news,’ journalist Lisa Wilkinson said.
Today Extra host David Campbell added: ‘Breaking news. Cleo Smith has been found. I can only imagine the relief her parents must feel right now. The WA Police did an incredible job. They were tireless.’
‘The best news to wake up to,’ The Block contestant Tanya Guccione also agreed.
Post: Many Australian celebrities took to social media to react to the incredible news on Wednesday, including Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) who wrote: ‘Cleo Smith found alive and well in a lock house in Carnarvon. Now back safely in the arms of her parents. The best news’
Former AFL star Brendan Fevola also wrote on Instagram: ‘As a parent this is the most amazing news. Back in the mum’s arms.’
‘This is such great news. Well done to the WA police and everyone involved,’ cricket legend Shane Warne added.
Singer Troye Sivan said: ‘Good news today, well done @wapolice.’
Channel 10 newsreader Charlotte Goodlet wrote: ‘The most amazing news. Little Cleo Smith has been found alive.’
Relief: Sunrise newsreader Edwina Bartholomew led the reactions on social media, writing: ‘CLEO FOUND. Breaking news. The best possible outcome. Well done to WA Police’
‘Best news day. Found!! Alive and returned to her family! Sending love and prayers to the family. Hope little Cleo is ok,’ actress Rebecca Gibney said.
Gogglebox star Sarah Marie Fahd also shared the news to her Instagram and wrote: ‘Hooray! They found Chloe alive and well.’
Tahlia Giumelli, the model fiancée of NRL star Tom Burgess, commented: ‘This is the most amazing news. As a parent there’s nothing more terrifying than something happening to your child.
‘It’s a big reason we have stopped showing our children’s faces on a public forum. I’m so happy for this family.’
Joy: Former AFL star Brendan Fevola wrote on Instagram: ‘As a parent this is the most amazing news. Back in the mum’s arms’
Ben Fordham broke down on air when announcing the news Cleo had been found.
The 2GB radio host’s voice trembled as he said: ‘As the father of little girls, I’m just so happy for their family.’
‘I don’t know why it hits so hard it just does – when it’s a little person.’
Happy ending: Singer Troye Sivan (pictured) wrote on Instagram: ‘Good news today, well done @wapolice’
Cleo was miraculously found alive on Wednesday, 18 days after vanishing from her family’s tent in a remote campsite in Western Australia.
Police broke their way into a locked house in Carnarvon, 75km from where she went missing, about 1am on Wednesday and found the girl in one of the rooms.
WA Police Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch confirmed just before 7am AEST that little Cleo is alive and well and had been reunited with her relieved parents.
‘One of the officers picked her up into his arms and asked her “what’s your name?”,’ he said.
‘She said: “My name is Cleo”.’
‘I’m just so happy for their little family’: 2GB host Ben Fordham (pictured) broke down on air when announcing the news Cleo had been found
A man from Carnarvon was arrested at the home and has taken into custody to be questioned by detectives.
‘This is the outcome we all hoped and prayed for,’ Deputy Commissioner Blanch said.
‘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.’
‘And of course, I want to thank my colleagues in the Western Australia Police Force.’
Police will provide more details on the rescue of Cleo later on Wednesday
‘For now – Welcome home Cleo,’ Deputy Commissioner Blanch concluded.
Cleo was miraculously found alive on Wednesday 18 days after vanishing from her family’s tent in a remote campsite in Western Australia. Cleo pictured with her mother Ellie Smith and stepfather Jake Gliddon