COPS are close to cracking the case of missing Cleo Smith it has been claimed, as officers were seen probing the family home for a third time.
The four-year-old vanished earlier this month, from the Blowholes campground site in Western Australia, where she had been staying with her parents.
After weeks of frantic search, the little girl has not been found, sparking fears that she may have been abducted, a theory that has been ruled out by police.
Cleo's voice was heard on CCTV as cops said they seek the driver of a car seen near the campsite between 3am and 3.30am on the morning she disappeared.
And now an expert has claimed that police are“closer to solving this case than perhaps we are aware,” reported 7News.
Criminal psychologist Tim Watson-Munro told Sunrise police: “I think they probably know more than they are letting on.
“It could be a ruse to flush out other people who think they are not in the frame at the moment.
“I think they keep their cards close to the chest. And strategically, that’s wise."
He added that investigators were likely to withhold information from the public to avoidgiving people “red flags”
“I think they know more than they are letting on and I think they are closer to solving this case then perhaps we are aware.
“I hope I’m right,“ he said.
It comes as officers searched the family's house in South Carnavon in abid to find any new evidence.
Police have been searching rugged terrain near the remote campsite for the missing girl and said they had "grave concerns for Cleo’s safety".
Authorities have also offered a $1m reward for information leading to Cleo’s location.
Watson-Munro said: “They are throwing a lot of resources at this case, and a one-million-dollar reward was offered within days of her disappearance because they need to get on top of this quickly.
“Australia is a big country and the child could be easily taken to the other end of the nation.
“As the trail grows cold, it gets harder.
“The longer the period of time, the colder the trail and cold cases are notoriously difficult to crack.”
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