AustraliaSearch continues for Belgian backpacker last seen leaving Byron Bay bar
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 desperate search for a Belgian backpacker, last seen leaving a Byron Bay bar on May 31, has entered its third day, with "no sign" of the teen.
Police are appealing for any information that may help them find Theo Hayez, 18, who left his passport and personal belongings in the hostel room from which he was meant to check out last Thursday.
Mr Hayez was reported missing when he failed to check out from the Byron Bay WakeUp! Backpacker hostel and staff could not contact him.
Major search operation underway in Byron Bay for missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez
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.
Police say Mr Hayez was last seen when CCTV captured him leaving the Cheeky Monkey's bar on Jonson Street, about 11pm on May 31.
It is understood he was last active on WhatsApp early on June 1, but he has failed to make contact with anyone since and his phone is now switched off.
Volunteer searchers, including his cousin Lisa Hayez and more than a dozen backpackers, have met since Saturday outside the bar.
They, with assistance from the SES and Westpac Life Saver Helicopter, conducted a land, air and water search on Sunday.
"At this stage, there's been no sign of him," a police spokesman said.
"There was some reports that an item of clothing was found, but it's been discounted."
'We know he wouldn't put himself in danger'
Backpacker Theo Hayez should have been flying home to Belgium today, but instead his family continue to desperately search for him in the coastal NSW town of Byron Bay. The 18-year-old vanished after leaving popular night spot Cheeky Monkey’s late on Friday, May 31. Police are baffled as to what happened to Theo but are keeping an open mind as the search for him enters its 13th day. © Supplied Missing Belgian teenager Theo Hayez vanished more than a week ago - and should be now be back in his home country.
Chief Inspector Matthew Kehoe, who is leading the search, said on Monday that searchers would focus on bushland towards the east and north-east of Byron Bay.
He also renewed calls for information from the public, saying,"We believe someone must have seen Theo after he left the licensed premises.
"I am appealing for anyone that has information or dashcam footage from Jonson or Tennyson streets around 11pm on Friday, May 31, to come forward," he said.
"Although Theo has only been in Australia for a short time, we are advised that this disappearance is completely out of character for him."
with AAP, Lucy Cormack
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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