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Australia Woman saw a man 'looking dead' by the side of a highway wearing the same clothes as Theo Hayez was on the night he disappeared

22:10  05 december  2019
22:10  05 december  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A woman phoned police to say she saw a man 'looking dead' lying on the side of the road wearing similar clothes to those worn by Theo Hayez on the night he disappeared.

Leesa Horn, a beauty therapist from Queensland, claims she was waved down by a man, aged in his 30s, as she drove south on the Pacific Highway, 10 kilometres out of Coffs Harbour, about 4.30am on June 2.

The hitchhiker was standing next to another man who was sprawled out on the concrete and looked 'dead', she told The Australian.

The sighting was four days before the 18-year-old traveller's family learned he had vanished in Byron Bay, about 240 kilometres north of Coffs Harbour.

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On the same day as her sighting, Ms Horn filmed a video detailing what she saw and shared it to Facebook.

The beauty therapist explained she initially thought to reverse and assist the men, before changing her mind.

'Something in my stomach said this is not right. I thought ''No Leesa, just go'',' she said in the video.

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'I started crying when I'm driving off because I thought what if somebody's really hurt and they need my help. I didn't know what to do. So I decided to ring 000.'

Coffs Harbour police rang Ms Horn back and told her they did not find anyone on the highway after patrolling the scene.

Ms Horn said it was 'strange' the police were unable to find the men.

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She would later connect the June 2 incident and Theo's disappearance after seeing CCTV footage of Theo on the news.

a man wearing a suit and tie standing in a room: Ms Horn connect the June 2 incident and Theo's disappearance after seeing CCTV footage of Theo on the news. 'I told Crime Stoppers that I'm sure the guy I saw in the video was the guy lying on the road,' she told The Australian's podcast The Lighthouse© Provided by Daily Mail Ms Horn connect the June 2 incident and Theo's disappearance after seeing CCTV footage of Theo on the news. 'I told Crime Stoppers that I'm sure the guy I saw in the video was the guy lying on the road,' she told The Australian's podcast The Lighthouse

Ms Horn believes the man lying on the ground was wearing wearing light-coloured pants and dark shoes, just like Theo was on the night he went missing.

'I told Crime Stoppers that I'm sure the guy I saw in the video was the guy lying on the road,' she told The Australian's podcast The Lighthouse.

Police began searching for Theo on June 6. The teenager failed to return to his accommodation at the Wake Up! Hostel in Byron Bay.


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