Huge search in Australia for missing Belgian backpacker

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Australian police so far have no clue as to what happened to Theo Hayez, a 18-year-old Belgian backpacker who disappeared two weeks ago in Byron Bay in New South Wales.

The father of a teenaged Belgian backpacker pleaded for help on Monday, saying his son could be in grave danger, as police called the disappearance baffling.

Theo Hayez, 18, vanished after leaving a bar in Byron Bay, a holiday town, late on May 31. He has not been seen or heard from since.

Laurent Hayez made an emotional plea to the public for information, saying he promised Theo’s little brother Lucas he would bring the missing teenager home.

Laurent Hayez made the appeal from Tweed Heads, around 50km north of where his son was last seen.

Police were informed after Hayez failed to check out of his hostel and could not be found. They are now basing their search on his last telephone records.

Father of missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez speaks to the press
Laurent Hayez (C), father of missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez, is joined by Theo’s godfather JP Hayez (L) and cousin Lisa Hayez (R), during a public appeal for information regarding his son’s disappearance at Tweed Heads police station in Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia. Photo: EPA-EFE/REGI VARGHESE


Theo Hayez, 18, was last seen leaving the Cheeky Monkey’s restaurant and bar on Jonson Street, Byron Bay, after having a drink, at about 11pm on May 31. Police have also confirmed that earlier that night Theo was seen buying takeaway alcohol from a bottle shop in CCTV footage.

Search for missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez in northern New South Wales
Police search co-ordinator Amanda Vilder prepares to fly a drone in search for missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez around Cape Byron Lighthouse, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australi. Photo: EPA-EFE/REGI VARGHESE

Hayez had been backpacking around Australia since November and was due to return to Belgium last week.

Police said they had few clues and added that they had asked Whatsapp’s owners, Facebook, to help, but it would be quicker if other group members provided access to the messages.

Via SBS 


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