“Someone in our community knows what happened to Cleo,” the Western Australian Police Chief said at a news conference. The police fear is that the little girl has been kidnapped
A almost a week after Cleo Smith’s disappearance, the four-year-old girl who disappeared from the campsite where she was staying with her family, the Australian police offered 750 thousand dollars (about one million euros) for any useful information. The BBC reports. “Someone in our community knows what happened to Cleo,” the Western Australian Police Chief said at a news conference. The police fear is that the little girl has been kidnapped since the tent in which he slept with his parents and little sister was found open and his sleeping bag disappeared.
The story of Cleo, her mother and her partner in tears in the press conference, the child who disappeared during the night, immediately brought to memory, at least in Europe, the story of little Maddie McCann, the little English girl who disappeared while on a family vacation in Portugal in 2007.
But for Australia there is a precedent to be traced much further back in time, which has left an indelible mark on the country. It’s the story of Azaria, the two-month-old girl who disappeared during a camping holiday in August 1980. The parents said they saw a dingo sneak into the tent, but the investigation ended in 1982 with the mother’s conviction for the killing of her daughter and father for aiding and abetting.
The whole of Australia followed the process which had a media coverage notable with the press that mostly sided against the parents. But in 1986 the police, following another case, found evidence in the camp that proved the child’s father and mother right, proving that the story of the dingo was true. The trial was reopened, they were both acquitted and compensated. And from the story was made a film with Maryl Streep, ‘A Cry in the Dark’.