Jackie 'O' Henderson weighs in on the discovery of missing girl Cleo Smith


Jackie ‘O’ Henderson shares her relief at the discovery of missing girl Cleo Smith – and the mum-of-one says the case is ‘every parents’ worst nightmare’


Jackie ‘O’ Henderson couldn’t hide her relief after learning missing girl Cleo Smith had been found alive while live on air during Wednesday’s episode of The Kyle & Jackie O Show.

‘Oh, those parents must be so relieved! Oh, what they’ve been through is every parents’ worst nightmare. It’s so nice that she’s been found alive,’ said the 46-year-old veteran radio host.

Jackie is a single mum to daughter Kitty, 10, and admitted that like so many others, the case had resonated with her.  

Incredible discovery: Jackie 'O' Henderson (pictured) couldn't hide her relief after learning missing girl Cleo Smith had been found alive while live on air during Wednesday's episode of The Kyle & Jackie O Show

Incredible discovery: Jackie ‘O’ Henderson (pictured) couldn’t hide her relief after learning missing girl Cleo Smith had been found alive while live on air during Wednesday’s episode of The Kyle & Jackie O Show

But Jackie admitted she still had some concerns after the four-year-old was found in a man’s home, 18 days after she disappeared from a campsite in Western Australia. 

‘You just hope that nothing’s happened to her in that time. I don’t know what the hell his motives were or how that happened. We don’t know the story obviously,’ she said. 

Cleo disappeared on October 16 and was found alive at 12.46am on Wednesday when police stormed a public housing home after a sudden tip off with a ‘needle in haystack’ clue.

Found: Jackie is a single mum to daughter Kitty, 10, and admitted that like so many others, the case had resonated with her. Pictured, Cleo Smith

Found: Jackie is a single mum to daughter Kitty, 10, and admitted that like so many others, the case had resonated with her. Pictured, Cleo Smith

Police feared the missing girl could have been spirited away anywhere in the country – but instead she was under their noses all along in a rundown house just 3km from her home and 75km from the campsite.

‘What’s your name?’ officers asked as they scooped her up into their arms. ‘My name is Cleo,’ she replied.

That rundown house on Tonkin Crescent in Brockman, in the northern suburbs of Carnarvon in northwest Western Australia, is just kilometres from where she lived in South Carnarvon.

'Oh, those parents must be so relieved! Oh, what they've been through is every parents' worst nightmare. It's so nice that she's been found alive,' said Jackie. Pictured with daughter Kitty

‘Oh, those parents must be so relieved! Oh, what they’ve been through is every parents’ worst nightmare. It’s so nice that she’s been found alive,’ said Jackie. Pictured with daughter Kitty

Right in the middle is the town’s main shopping centre where the 36-year-old resident of the house was seen by neighbours buying Kimbies nappies at Woolworths.

Cleo was likely already locked up in the house when her mother Ellie Smith and stepfather Jake Gliddon awoke at 6am to find she was no longer lying next to them and her baby sister Isla in their tent at Blowholes camping grounds.

Police received a sudden tip-off on Tuesday night containing ‘really important information about a car’, which they confirmed with phone data and ‘a lot of forensic leads’ – and just hours later raided the house. 

Missing without a trace: Cleo disappeared on October 16 and was found alive at 12.46am on Wednesday when police stormed a public housing home after a sudden tip off with a 'needle in haystack' clue. Pictured, Cleo's mother Ellie Smith and partner Jake Gliddon

Missing without a trace: Cleo disappeared on October 16 and was found alive at 12.46am on Wednesday when police stormed a public housing home after a sudden tip off with a ‘needle in haystack’ clue. Pictured, Cleo’s mother Ellie Smith and partner Jake Gliddon

Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde, who led the missing person investigation, said Cleo ‘is physically OK’ and had since been released from hospital to be with her mother Ellie Smith and stepfather Jake Gliddon. 

WA police later shared a photo of Cleo enjoying an icypole as she sat propped up on a hospital bed on Wednesday.

Cleo excitedly waved to the camera as her relieved mother Ellie Smith lovingly touched her right foot as she sat on the side of the bed, just happy to see her alive. 

Safe and sound: WA police shared a photo of Cleo enjoying an icypole as she sat propped up on a hospital bed on Wednesday

Safe and sound: WA police shared a photo of Cleo enjoying an icypole as she sat propped up on a hospital bed on Wednesday

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