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Eerie clue in ‘Aussie Madeleine McCann’ case suggests tot was snatched from tent

An eerie new clue in the disappearance of Cleo Smith has suggested that the little girl was snatched from her family's tent as they all lay sleeping.

Police have now revealed that little Cleo was too small in stature to be able to reach the zipper of the tent, which was found open by her mother at 6am.

The four-year-old was reportedly last seen by her parents at around 1.30am on Saturday in the family's tent at the Blowholes campsite near Western Australia's north-west coast.

Police Inspector Jon Munday said the height of the zip opening was a major clue that Cleo may now be in the hands of an unknown third party.

Speaking on Wednesday, Munday said: "The positioning of that zipper for the flap is one of the circumstances which has caused us to have grave concerns for Cleo's safety."

The new tragic details come after other campers say they heard the a car speeding away at around 3am and authorities revealed that up to 20 sex offenders live near the campsite where Cleo was last seen, Mail Online reports.

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There are no current concrete suspects in Cleo's disappearance, but police claim there are "groups they are interested in".

Search teams continued to cover the site on Wednesday and have began to search surrounding areas.

Police say they are contemplating two scenarios in the complex case, one that Cleo is still in the area and the other "worst case scenario" that she has been tragically abducted.

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The parents have not left the vicinity as search and investigation efforts continue.

"They don't want to leave and that is completely understandable, as you can imagine they don't know what to do, they're distraught," Inspector Munday said.

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