Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch announced the little girl was found in the Carnarvon home, about one hour south of the campsite she disappeared from, at 1am on Wednesday.
There is little known about how Cleo ended up at the property and the rescue mission, with investigators indicating more information would be released on Wednesday.
But Deputy Commissioner Blanch confirmed in a statement that a man from Carnarvon is now in custody.
Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch announced Cleo Smith was found alive on Wednesday morning. Picture: WA Police
He is currently being questioned by detectives.
Cleo was holidaying with her family at the Blowholes campsite in Macleod, north of Carnarvon, Western Australia, when she disappeared during the early hours of Saturday October 16.
The family last saw the little girl in the tent at about 1:30am when she asked for some water but when they woke up at 6am, Cleo was nowhere to be seen.
Detectives earlier revealed Cleo would not have been able to open the tent herself and that a car was seen leaving the area at about 3am.
Cleo Smith disappeared from the Blowholes campsite on Saturday October 16.
Investigators had maintained Cleo was abducted, with the state government offering a $1 million reward for information resulting in finding her or leading to the arrest of the person or people involved in her suspicious disappearance.
“It’s my privilege to announce that in the early hours of this morning, the Western Australia Police Force rescued Cleo Smith,” Deputy Commissioner Blanch said on Wednesday morning.
“Cleo is alive and well.
“We’ll have more to say on the rescue of Cleo as the day unfolds.
“For now – Welcome home Cleo.”
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