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AustraliaMajor search operation underway in Byron Bay for missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez

12:55  09 june  2019
12:55  09 june  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

Belgian backpacker missing after failing to return to his Byron Bay hostel

Belgian backpacker missing after failing to return to his Byron Bay hostel Serious concerns are held for the whereabouts of a Belgian backpacker who has been missing for more than a week, after he failed to return to his hostel in Byron Bay. Theo Hayez, 18, was reported missing on Thursday by staff at the Byron Bay WakeUp! Backpacker hostel, when they noticed he had not checked out of his room. Mr Hayez's cousin Lisa Hayez arrived in Byron Bay on Saturday morning in the wake of his disappearance and said her family was "really worried," waiting for "any news".

A land, sea and air search is underway around the Byron Bay area nine days after Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez went missing after a night out at a local bar.

The search is on for a Belgian backpacker missing from Byron Bay for nearly a week. Theo Hayez , 18, was last seen leaving a nightclub in Byron Bay on His cousin Lisa Hayez wrote on Facebook on Thursday appealing for help to find him. She added he’s travelling alone and could be between Byron .

Major search operation underway in Byron Bay for missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez© Provided by ABC News Belgan Backpacker Theo Hayez was due to fly home this week.

A land, sea and air search is underway for missing backpacker Theo Hayez who was last seen leaving a Byron Bay bar more than a week ago.

The 18-year-old Belgian national failed to check out of the WakeUp! Backpacker hostel on Thursday, leaving all his belongings untouched, which prompted hostel staff to report him missing.

He was last seen leaving the Cheeky Monkey's bar about 11:00pm on May 31, wearing a black hooded jumper, beige pants and black shoes.

Today police are conducting a major search in the Byron Bay area with the assistance of rescue officers, the State Emergency Service, a lifesaver helicopter and lifesavers with marine vessels.

Search continues for Belgian backpacker last seen leaving Byron Bay bar

Search continues for Belgian backpacker last seen leaving Byron Bay bar Theo Hayez' passport and phone were found in his hostel after the alarm was raised when he failed to check out last week.

A major search operation on the NSW Far North Coast for missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez has been called off more than a month after The 18-year-old was last seen in Byron Bay at 11pm on May 31 as he left the Cheeky Monkeys bar on Jonson Street. Authorities were first alerted to

Eighteen-year-old tourist disappeared after leaving Cheeky Monkey’s bar on 31 May.

Major search operation underway in Byron Bay for missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez© ABC NEWS Major search operation underway in Byron Bay for missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez Mr Hayez's cousin, Lisa Hayez, has also pulled together her own search party with the help of fellow backpackers and locals wanting to help.

She said they had been checking bushland and nearby beaches.

"We are just walking and checking everywhere to see if we can find him," she said.

"We're going to keep going for as long as we need to … people can come and join."

Ms Hayez said her cousin was a very positive, happy young man who kept in touch with his friends and family regularly.

He was due to fly home to Belgium on June 12.

"He had no reason to do this … he was really excited to go home," Ms Hayez said.

Ms Hayez said she had received many calls from across the country with people claiming to have seen Mr Hayez.

"But really, a tall guy with long blonde hair could be everywhere," she said.

NSW Police told the ABC they were unable to provide an interview.

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New twist in search for Theo Hayez as police zero in on headland next to Byron Bay's iconic lighthouse - as fellow backpacker slams hostel for not raising the alarm for THREE days.
Theo Hayez, 18, was staying at the WakeUp! hostel when he disappeared on the night of May 31. He was last seen leaving the Cheeky Monkey's bar about 11pm.

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