Father Of Missing Belgian Backpacker Theo Hayez Makes Emotional Plea For Information

Missing over a fortnight


17 June 2019

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The father of missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez has broken down in tears as he made an emotional plea for help to find his son.

Hayez went missing in northern NSW more than two weeks ago - he was last seen leaving the Cheeky Monkey's bar in Byron Bay about 11pm on May 31.

Police admit they are "baffled" by the 18-year-old's disappearance, with no clear leads or information on his whereabouts.

He was caught on CCTV footage earlier that night about 7.45pm buying alcohol in a bottleshop.

But they are the only two confirmed sightings of Mr Hayez, who was preparing to return home after eight months travelling around Australia.

He was reported missing on June 6 when he failed to return to his hostel and couldn't be contacted.

His father Laurent Hayez arrived in the country late last week and spent the weekend helping with the search, which on Monday was focused on the area around the Byron Bay lighthouse.

"I promised Theo's little brother that I would bring his brother home. Please, help me keep my promise to him," Mr Hayez told reporters through tears at Tweed Heads Police Station on Monday.

"If you have any information and if you do not want to deal with the cops, or if you are afraid to come forward, please make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers."

Mr Hayez senior said it's believed Theo used encrypted service Whatsapp the night he disappeared and urged for help in obtaining access to the messages.

"We understand the politics about confidentiality and respect that - however, this is a question of providing assistance to a person in grave danger," he said.

"It is vital that investigators get access to Theo's WhatsApp account without delay. Every minute counts."

Superintendent David Roptell said police are inquiring with Whatsapp and its owners Facebook about accessing the messages.

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