The parents of AJ Elfalak, the little boy who mysteriously vanished only to be ‘saved by an angel’ have vowed to ‘pray for miracle’ for a little girl who vanished from a bush camp.
Cleo Smith, four, was last seen by her mother Ellie Smith about 1.30am on Saturday inside the family’s shared tent at Blowholes campsite, north of Carnarvon, in Western Australia.
Cleo’s parents had an ‘interaction’ with the youngster in the middle of the night, but she was nowhere to be seen when they woke up at 6am.
The disappearance had chilling echoes for Kelly and Anthony Elfalak, whose three-year-old son AJ went missing on a bush property for three days in September.
‘The whole nation needs to rally and pray for another miracle,’ Ms Elfalak told Daily Mail Australia, referencing her belief an angel was watching over AJ when he was lost in the bush behind the family home.
‘I’m hoping to God we find her very soon like AJ’.
As the search for little Cleo Smith entered it’s third day, one set of parents who know all too well what her family is going through have vowed to pray every day for her safe return
Kelly and Anthony Elfalak, whose own three-year-old son AJ went missing for three days in September, told Daily Mail Australia they’ll be ‘praying for another miracle’
A blurry image taken from a police helicopter has given Anthony ‘AJ’ Elfalak’s family all the proof they need that he was being cared for by an angel while lost in the bush
Word quickly spread of Cleo’s disappearance after her mum shared a public appeal online, and Ms Elfalak said she and her family were stunned when they were alerted.
‘We can’t believe it, we keep thinking ”not again”,’ Ms Elfalak told Daily Mail Australia.
She and her family have been ‘praying for another miracle’ and encouraged Ms Smith to reach out to them if she wanted additional support.
‘To Cleo’s mum and dad, if there is any support we can provide please let us know. We are here with you,’ Ms Elfalak said.
‘My heart is aching for this little girl and her family.’
Little AJ was found less than 500 metres from his home in Putty, about 150km northwest of Sydney, three days after he disappeared from his front yard.
He was unharmed, and his family believe an angel was watching over him during his time lost in the wilderness.
They discussed a photo taken from the rescue helicopter which appeared to show a face in the rock, believing that was his guardian angel.
‘If you saw the picture of AJ in the creek, you can see the angel next to him,’ Ms Elfalak said at the time.
Cleo Smith went missing while camping with her family at the Blowholes campsite near Carnarvon in Western Australia (pictured, four-year-old Cleo left with mum Ellie)
Ms Elfalak and her family have been ‘praying for another miracle’ and encouraged Ms Smith to reach out to them if she wanted additional support
Like AJ’s family, Ms Smith has enlisted the help of Indigenous bush trackers who are familiar with the terrain to help bring Cleo home
Like AJ’s family, Ms Smith has enlisted the help of Indigenous bush trackers who are familiar with the terrain to help bring Cleo home.
A friend of the family assisting in the search told Daily Mail Australia Ms Smith is ‘overwhelmed’ by the situation and mammoth search ahead.
Forensics teams from Perth, SES crews and volunteers are being assisted by the local bush trackers, the friend said.
The camp ground is located 75km from Carnarvon and 875km from Perth with nothing but bushland and scrubs in between. It is bordered by the ocean on one side and desolate, rugged terrain on the other.
Bush trackers have historically assisted in baffling missing persons cases. Ms Elfalak and her husband called in experienced tracker Jake Cassar to help find their three-year-old.
A desperate search for a missing four-year-old girl has entered its third day with police releasing footage of the remote campsite from where she disappeared
A GoFundMe page has been set up to donate money to two local helicopter businesses which have been working in the search
Mr Cassar told Daily Mail Australia the role of a tracker is to think outside of the box and consider all possibilities regarding a person’s disappearance.
‘I’m here to keep an open mind,’ he said.
‘The way I see it, if you’ve got two feet and a heartbeat anything is possible. Doesn’t matter if you’re a 97-year-old woman or a three-year-old.’
Police hold grave concerns for Cleo’s safety, noting it is an unusual and disturbing case.
Thousands of strangers who were moved by the missing person’s report have since joined in the search in any way they can – from volunteering to help on the ground to simply sharing her picture online.
Psychic mediums have reportedly offered to assist in the search, but it’s not clear if any are working directly with the family.
Police Inspector Jon Munday said experts have advised the four-year-old could have wandered up to 5.2km from her last known position if she is lost in the bush
AJ’s parents have vowed to pray for another miracle
One friend of the family said they’re willing to try ‘anything’ to be reunited with their little girl.
Detectives have not ruled out the possibility that Cleo was abducted, and officers have been stopping cars and caravans to search vehicles as they exit the campsite.
Inspector Jon Munday described the case as ‘extremely concerning’ and said the state’s ‘best investigators’ have been called to the scene.
According to 9News, those detectives include members of the homicide squad.
‘We are trying to paint the picture of who was around here during the window of opportunity between the early hours of Saturday morning and 6am Saturday and what leads that could give us,’ he said.
Locals have been told to check garbage bins and roadsides.
A red adult-sized sleeping bag believed to have been Cleo’s for the trip has been reported as missing with her.
Mr Munday said detectives were no closer to finding the little girl or clues about her mysterious disappearance.
He said it was very unusual for a child to disappear from a tent they shared with their parents during the middle of the night.
A frantic search is underway after Cleo Smith disappeared from her family’s tent during the early hours of Saturday morning. Pictured: Cleo in the outfit she was wearing when she went missing
Cleo Smith, four, was last seen at about 1.30am on Saturday at the Blowholes campsite on the coast at Macleod, north of Carnarvon, in Western Australia (pictured, the campsite Cleo went missing from)
‘Unfortunately we have not had any major breakthroughs,’ he told reporters on Sunday.
‘[The disappearance] is extremely concerning and not something we come across very often at all.
‘We are throwing everything at this, but at this point in time we do not have any answers about where Cleo is.’
Police urged every newsroom in Western Australia to broadcast details of the missing girl.
Police are probing all possibilities of Cleo’s mystery disappearance – including kidnapping – and have been scouring bushland and stopping cars and caravans in search of the missing girl