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Four-year-old missing for two weeks found in Western Australia home

Police had suspected she was abducted by an "opportunistic" offender, Australia's AAP news agency reported

A sign offering a $1 million reward for information on missing girl Cleo Smith is displayed on a digital tower in Yagan Square digital in Perth, Saturday, October 30, 2021. A search continues for the four-year-old girl who went missing from her family’s tent at the Blowholes campsite near Canarvon more than two weeks ago. (AAP Image/Richard Wainwright) NO ARCHIVING Photo: Richard Wainwright/AAP/dpa - ATTENTION: editorial use only in connection with the latest coverage about (the transmission/the film/the auction/the exhibition/the book) and only if the credit mentioned above is referenced in full.
A sign offering a $1 million reward for information on missing girl Cleo Smith is displayed on a digital tower in Perth. Photo: Richard Wainwright/dpa.

Police have found a four-year-old girl who went missing from a campsite in Western Australia more than two weeks ago and reunited her with her parents.

She was found in a locked house in the town of Carnarvon, some 900 kilometres north of Perth and about 75 kilometres south of where she went missing, Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch of the Western Australia Police Force told reporters early Wednesday.

"A police team broke their way into a locked house in Carnarvon about 1am," the commissioner said.

"It's the outcome we've achieved because of some incredible police work," Blanch added.

He confirmed that police have taken a suspect into custody and he was questioned by detectives. He was described as a local man from Carnarvon.

Million-dollar reward

The girl vanished from a tent at the Blowholes campsite after the family arrived on October 16.

She was last seen by her mother around 1:30 am that night.

Police had suspected she was abducted by an "opportunistic" offender, Australia's AAP news agency reported.

Western Australia's state government had offered a 1-million-Australian-dollar (740,000-US-dollar) reward for information relevant to finding the girl.

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