Noosa, Queensland: mother of Cleo Smith, Ellie Smith, marries partner Jake Gliddon

The mother of Cleo Smith, the four-year-old who was abducted during a family camping trip in WA, has tied the knot with her long-time partner in a stunning destination wedding.

Ellie Smith and Jake Gliddon were wed in a private ceremony in Noosa, in which Cleo and her little sister Isla were bridesmaids.

“Cleo was just excited to wear a pretty spinning dress and walk down the aisle with her aunty Krystal,” Ms Smith told 60 Minutes.

An intimate 64 guests attended the Noosa Springs Golf and Spa Resort for the special occasion, most of whom had travelled from the duo’s home state of WA.

In October 2021 the family suffered through their worst nightmare after Cleo, then four-years-old, was snatched from a tent during a camping trip about 80km north of their hometown of Carnarvon.

Her disappearance made international headlines and sparked a widespread search by police.

Mark McGowan, who was WA premier at the time, offered a $1m reward for any information regarding her abduction.

An 18-day search led to the dramatic discovery of the child, who had been locked inside a home just kilometres from the family home on the Pilbara coast.

After more than two weeks of searching, detectives found Cleo at the home of 37-year-old Terence Kelly, following a tip-off.

The moment officers first spotted the four-year-old, after breaking down a locked door to the home, was captured on camera.

An officer asked the young girl what her name was, to which she famously replied “My name is Cleo”.

Kelly was sentenced to 13 years and six months behind bars in April.

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