Cleo Smith search: Bounty hunters pestering locals for information

Brianna DuganThe West Australian
Missing girl Cleo Smith, 4.
Camera IconMissing girl Cleo Smith, 4. Credit: Ellie Smith/Facebook

Bounty hunters and private investigators have been sending messages on Facebook to Carnarvon residents asking for information related to the disappearance of Cleo Smith.

Since the WA Government offered a $1 million reward for information that leads to a breakthrough, civilian investigators have reportedly flocked to the town to join the police search.

The West Australian understands one man chartered a helicopter to a location hundreds of kilometres from town believing he knew where the four-year-old might be.

When approached, the man denied being a bounty hunter, claiming he was doing surveys for “oil and gas” deposits.

He also denied he knew where Cleo was but refused to comment further.

Civilian investigators are heading to the region where four-year-old Cleo Smith went missing.
Camera IconCivilian investigators are heading to the region where four-year-old Cleo Smith went missing. Credit: Jackson Flindell/The West Australian

Some investigators have been contacting residents asking for any information they may have in regards to the police inquiry, sparking concern in the community they could be scams.

Locals are already on edge after a GoFundMe page was exposed as a fake after being set up claiming to be raising money for the Smiths.

It was also reported residents were receiving scam phone calls asking to donate to small business who have been helping police during their investigation.

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