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The team of volunteers searching for missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez have made an impassioned plea to local residents and business owners to provide CCTV footage from the period of the 18-year-old’s disappearance.

In a letter circulated throughout the Byron Bay CBD today, the volunteer searchers call for locals’ support in providing any footage from cameras placed on their properties.

The new missing person poster appealing for information about Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez. Supplied

‘Any footage dated from the 31st of May – 1st of June is needed urgently, regardless of how relevant you may believe it is,’ the letter states.

‘We understand that three weeks have passed, but request that you also check any backup sources of your surveillance system.

‘As this is a community safety issue, we kindly ask that any footage be reported with no delay to Byron Bay Police on 02 6685 9499.’

It is now nearly a month since the teenager was last seen in the Byron CBD after being asked to leave Cheeky Monkeys by security at around 11pm.

But local volunteers have vowed to continue the search.

It has been reported by news website 10Daily that the teenager’s mother arrived in Byron this morning, and that Belgian police are also en route to the town.

Meanwhile, the search team has released a new missing person poster that includes more detail about what the teenager was wearing at the time of his disappearance.

It also includes a picture of the teenager’s mobile phone, which police are urgently trying to locate.

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