First pictures of man arrested over missing toddler Cleo Smith’s abduction

Cleo Smith's suspected kidnapper has been pictured seemingly heavily injured in the back of an ambulance.

The missing four-year-old dubbed the Australian Madeleine McCann, was incredibly found alive by police in a man's house 18 days after going missing

When asked by an officer who she was, the young girl's first words were "my name is Cleo".

An image of the man arrested over her abduction shows him wearing a head bandage as he lies on a stretcher, guarded by police.

Cleo's parents say she disappeared in the middle of the night from their tent in Blowholes campground site in Western Australia on October 16.

Unknown to them, their daughter was just a seven-minute drive away from her family home, YahooNews reports.

Mum Ellie Smith, wrote on Instagram: "Our family is whole again."

Western Australia Police said they forced their way into a locked property in Carnarvon at around 1am, where they found Cleo who told them: "My name is Cleo."

7NEWS cameraman Simon Hydzik managed to take a snap of the suspect who appeared badly injured in the back of an ambulance.

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Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch explained on Wednesday how the man fit the investigators' profile of Cleo's kidnapper and it took “every piece of the puzzle” to find them together.

These ranged from witness reports to even rubbish left on the road.

He told The West Australian: "That includes [intelligence] from the public, that includes collection from phone towers, witness statements, you know, forensics, rubbish from the highways, CCTV cameras – they were all jigsaw pieces in the big puzzle.

"We only needed one or two pieces to start making sense and fit what we thought happened.

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"And once that started, it was a snowball effect. Once we get to that point in time, police make a decision to act on it."

Mr Blanch said investigators are yet to learn the motives of the suspect believed to be behind Cleo’s abduction.

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He added: "That’s something that the investigators who are having conversations with him and others, as part of the entire investigation, are piecing together now.

"If we get to a point where we go before a court, that’s the time that we will then tell the story.

"What’s important now is that we really dot the i’s and cross the t’s of the investigation. We’ve got to make sure that whatever we do is professional, methodical, and all available evidence and information is collected and assembled in the right way."

The case has been compared to that of Madeleine McCann, the British toddler who went missing in Portugal in 2007 and has never been found.

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