It has been almost two weeks since a Northern Territory woman vanished from a remote campsite on Australia’s North West Shelf and police are still working to solve the mystery.
A homeless woman named Cleo Smith was last seen at the remote campsite on Thursday afternoon, March 2. The 42-year-old woman and was seen chatting with the Australian man who found her. The man told police he noticed her sudden disappearance later, but didn’t try to check to make sure she wasn’t there.
When volunteers from local groups went looking for Smith on Friday morning, they found a foul smell wafting from a campsite. They reported her disappearance to police.
Smith told a local radio station that she last stayed in the area to rest after working overnight at a fish processing factory. She said she had arrived at the campsite in a caravan, and would have left the area in a campervan had she had time.
Police spent the night and day searching for Smith, and conducted searches of the nearby creek with helicopter searches and divers. On Tuesday, some 400 volunteers joined the search, searching for Smith.