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Australia'We know he wouldn't put himself in danger'

15:25  12 june  2019
15:25  12 june  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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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.

'We know he wouldn't put himself in danger' © Supplied Missing Belgian teenager Theo Hayez vanished more than a week ago - and should be now be back in his home country.

His godfather Jean-Philippe Pector told 9News it is completely out of character for Theo to not make contact with friends and family and that he had spoken of how excited he was to return home to Belgium.

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“We know that he wouldn't put himself in a dangerous situation- he doesn’t take drugs,” Mr Pector said.

“Every day that passes adds up a layer of anxiety and also exhaustion.”

Theo had been travelling in Australia since last November with his cousin Lisa Hayez who spent the past 13 days door knocking residents and business in the holiday town and plastering missing person posters on every post she can.

“We're sure like 100 per cent sure that his goal was to go back to the hostel to sleep,” she said.

'We know he wouldn't put himself in danger' © Twitter Theo Hayez's disappearance is considered to be out of character.

Police say they have no idea what has happened and while they are open to all possibilities, the state’s homicide squad are assisting from Sydney.

Superintendent Dave Roptell, of Byron Bay Command, is calling on all residents to check their security cameras to see if there are any more sightings of Theo on the night he disappeared or the days since.

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“It's baffling on two points from an investigation point of view, because we don’t know what’s happened - I feel for the family,” Supt Roptell said.

“We’re not ruling anything out at the moment,” he said.

'We know he wouldn't put himself in danger' © NSW Police The teen was last seen leaving a nightclub in Byron Bay. 'We know he wouldn't put himself in danger' © NSW Police Police have renewed their push for anyone who has information about the teenager to come forward.

Police, volunteers, family and friends have scoured the streets and bush of Byron Bay but today the search moved to Belongil Beach, just north of the town’s centre.

Surf lifesavers helped, using drones and jet-skis to search the sea.

Theo was last seen walking in the direction of his hostel, Wake Up! opposite Belongil Beach on Childe Street.

His passport and all his belongings were found in his room and his phone and bank cards have not been accessed since May 31.

'We know he wouldn't put himself in danger' © 9News Mr Hayez failed to check out of his Byron Bay hostel, leaving behind many of his belongings. 'We know he wouldn't put himself in danger' © 9News Locals have helped police in the extensive search, retracing his steps from the nightclub where he was last seen..

Theo’s father is on his way to Byron Bay from Belgium to join police in the search for his son, who was due to start his engineering degree in September.

Wiping away tears, Mr Pector said he had organised to drive Theo to the airport in Melbourne today, and still holds hope he is alive somewhere.

“I have a flight to Belgium to see my family soon- I think it will be hard to leave without Theo.”

The search will continue tomorrow.

Mr Hayez is described as being of Caucasian appearance, approximately 180cm to 190cm tall, with a thin build and blond hair.

He was last seen wearing a black hooded jumper, beige pants and black shoes.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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