Child psychologist Clare Rowe says it may be a while before the public knows what Cleo Smith experienced after she was abducted.

“This is a highly unusual case, and when children go missing, days, hours are critical and to find a child like that after that long is unusual,” she told Sky News Australia.

“The general public want answers, and they want information.”

She said, however, when it comes to interviewing children during criminal processes, it is a “highly, highly, specialised field” and “needs to be taken extremely carefully and extremely slowly”.

“So, it may be a long time before we know exactly what’s happened – I understand that … people want to know, and they want to know what she’s been through – but that may be a long time ahead of us.”

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