Australia: 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 - PressFrom - Australia
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AustraliaNew 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

04:11  19 june  2019
04:11  19 june  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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

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.

Theo Hayez was last seen on May 31 leaving the Cheeky Monkey’ s bar in Byron Bay . Photograph: AFP/Getty Images. Laurent Hayez thanked police , volunteers and the community for their help in looking for his son, as well as those who raised money to support the search .

Police also said the search for Theo was made "a little" more difficult by the fact that he wasn't reported missing until June 6, some five days after he is Dozens of Byron Bay locals have joined the search effort to help search for the missing teenager. A business owner, Christos Tsesmetzis, joined

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The Byron Bay hostel where a Belgian backpacker was staying before he vanished has been slammed for taking three days to report him missing.

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 before his phone emitted its final signal near cliffs by the town's lighthouse a few hours later.

Mr Hayez was supposed to check out of his room on June 3 but hostel staff did not report him missing until June 6.

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.

The last messages of missing backpacker Theo Hayez may remain a mystery indefinitely, messaging giant WhatsApp has confirmed. The 18-year-old Belgian native disappeared in Byron Bay 18 days ago and was last seen leaving the Cheeky Monkey’ s bar around 11pm on May 31. NSW Police admit they

Laurent Hayez travelled to Byron Bay to help search for his son Theo , who went missing in the seaside town in Australia on May 31. Backpacker hostel , where his passport and belongings were found. Police and family confirmed Theo was using WhatsApp to communicate on the night he went

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
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
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
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

A friend he had been travelling with, Antoine Van Laethem, slammed the hostel for not raising the alarm sooner.

According to the ABC, he said: 'If someone doesn't check out after one day maybe you should ask yourselves some questions.'

Search continues for Belgian teen in Byron

Search continues for Belgian teen in Byron The search for a Belgian teenager, missing in Byron Bay, has narrowed down to two areas after investigations of phone records. Mr Hayez's belongings - including his passport - were found untouched at the Wake Up! Hostel in Byron Bay after staff raised the alarm when he didn't check out as planned. He was supposed to travel to Melbourne before returning home to Belgium this week, according to a Facebook post by his friend Michael Dorkhom. The search for Mr Hayez ramped up on Monday with police, the SES, the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter, Surf Life Saving and volunteer Marine Rescue all involved.

Byron Bay was the penultimate stop on Theo ' s eight-month backpacking holiday around Australia. Throughout the spectacular headlands and beaches is dense swampy bushland, with many streets Police , undercover police and sniffer dogs search for missing backpacker Theo Hayez along the

Byron Bay was the penultimate stop on Theo ' s eight-month backpacking holiday around Australia. Six days later, NSW Police were notified that he had failed to return. The hostel found his Police , undercover police and sniffer dogs search for missing backpacker Theo Hayez along the northern

WakeUp! backpackers declined to comment when contacted by Daily Mail Australia.

On Tuesday there was a change of tact in the search for Mr Hayez as rescuers turned their attention to the headland around the lighthouse.

Dozens of people, including State Emergency Service volunteers and members of the public, searched in the area where the last 'ping' from his phone was recorded on June 1.

The search was suspended that evening with nothing of interest found, NSW Police said in a statement.

The operation resumed mid-morning on Wednesday with specialist police forces.

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 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Police previously released footage showing Mr Hayez walking from the Cheeky Monkey's nightclub wearing a black hooded jumper, beige pants and black shoes (pictured)

Theo Hayez's distraught father Laurent made an emotional plea for help on Monday, 17 days after his son went missing.

'They're using all resources that they can': Search continues for missing backpacker Theo Hayez

'They're using all resources that they can': Search continues for missing backpacker Theo Hayez Two weeks after his disappearance, the search for Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez continues in Byron Bay, with the arrival of his immediate family imminent. Rescue teams continue to search the Byron Bay headlands, east- and north-east of the town, as well as Belongil Beach. "They're trying to cover all of those central areas," a NSW police spokeswoman said. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.

The search for the missing backpacker Theo Hayez in Australia is increasing. It' s the second day viewers are turning their attention to the Cape Byron bushland. FACEBOOK [19659005] Police were frustrated by the lack of new evidence of the disappearance of backpacker Theo Hayez , who is

Police are searching Byron Bay for the 18-year-old, who has not been seen since 31 May. His father, Laurent Hayez , made an emotional public appeal, pleading: "I promised Theo ' s little brother, Lucas, that I The alarm was raised after he failed to return to his hostel and could not be contacted.

He said he feared his son was in grave danger and begged for any information that could lead police to his whereabouts.

'Before I left Belgium I promised Theo's little brother Lucas that I would bring his brother home. Please, help me keep my promise to him,' Mr Hayez told reporters through tears.

Theo used encrypted service Whatsapp the night he disappeared and his father asked for help obtaining access to the messages.

WhatsApp confirmed it had provided all the information it has to police.

However, the company is only able to access and disclose some data - which can include a user's name, last seen date, IP address and basic information - but not the encrypted content.

Theo Hayez had been preparing to return home after eight months travelling Australia.

Homicide detectives are helping the investigation along with Belgian authorities but police hold hope he is still alive.

More than $65,000 has been raised via a GoFundMe page for the Hayez family, part of which was used to help his father Laurent Hayez fly to Australia.

Laurent Hayez arrived in the country late last week and has vowed to stay until his son is found.

Search for missing backpacker Theo Hayez ramps up around Cape Byron

Search for missing backpacker Theo Hayez ramps up around Cape Byron Dozens of volunteers are searching dense bushland and cliffs around Cape Byron, 18 days after Theo Hayez was last seen.

Hostel in Byron Bay after staff raised the alarm when he didn't check out as planned. He was supposed to travel to Melbourne before Two weeks after his disappearance, the search for Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez continues in Byron Bay , with the arrival of his immediate family imminent.

The search for missing backpacker Theo Hayez in Australia is ramping up with dozens of volunteers joining State Emergency Service and police crews Police have been frustrated by the lack of fresh leads on the disappearance of backpacker Theo Hayez , who is missing in Australia' s Byron Bay .

The disappearance of Theo Hayez

May 31 7.45pm: Theo Hayez and an unnamed friend were caught on CCTV camera at a local bottle shop in Byron Bay.

May 31 11pm: The last confirmed sighting of Hayez. He was spotted leaving the Cheeky Monkey bar and appeared to be heading in the direction of the WakeUp! Backpacker hostel where he was staying.

June 1 AM: The last confirmed WhatsApp message was sent from Theo's phone.

June 1 1:42pm: Theo's phone pinged for the last time.

June 6: Theo was reported missing to local police.

June 9: Police conducted a major land, sea and air search in the Byron Bay area with the assistance of rescue officers, the State Emergency Service, a lifesaver helicopter and lifesavers.

June 10: Locals and other backpackers joined in the search for Theo.

June 10-June 16: SES crews, the dog squad, lifeguards, local volunteers and police are continuing to search the Byron Bay headlands, east and north of the town, as well as beaches and swamps.

June 16: Theo's mother Vinciane Delforge, told a French broadcaster in Belgium she is holding out hope her son is safe and well, but said his disappearance is entirely out of character.

June 17: Theo's father Laurent Hayez travels to Byron Bay to help search for his son Theo. He makes an emotional plea asking Australia to keep looking for his son and vows to stay in the country until he is found.

He says he hopes WhatsApp will cooperate with police to decode the messages that Theo last sent - a feat, he says, which could change the course of the search.

Police confess they are still 'baffled' by the case, and are keeping all lines of inquiry open.

Homicide detectives join in on the search for Theo.

June 18: The search continues around the headland near the town's lighthouse with no results

Desperate Byron Bay locals refuse to give up the search for missing teenage Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez - after cops called off the official hunt for him.
The 18-year-old has been missing for three weeks since he was last seen leaving the town's Cheeky Monkey's bar at about 11pm on May 31. His phone gave off its final signal a few hours later near the Cape Byron Lighthouse. Police suspended their search over the weekend but local volunteers continued to scour bushland.

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