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April 19, 2021

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Police are continuing to search for 18-year-old Belgian backpacker Théo Hayez and the police divers unit will be arriving from Port Macquarie today to join the search.

‘The police divers unit will be searching around Tallows Beach today,’ Detective Inspector Matthew Kehoe told Echonetdaily.

‘There will be a police rescue unit roping and propelling over the cliffs with the BVRA (Brunswick Valley Rescue Squad) in areas that we have’t been able to access so far.’

There will also be a dog unit will continue searching along with police who will continue with the ground search.

‘The search will continue based on the information that we receive,’ said Inspector Kehoe.

Théo was last seen in Byron Bay about 11pm on Friday May 31 at a hotel in Jonson Street. Police were alerted on n Thursday 6 June when he failed to return to his hostel and could not be contacted or located.

His father and other family members have since arrived in Australia to assist with the search and appeal for information from the public.

Police are continuing to appeal for public assistance, asking anyone who may have CCTV from surrounding areas from about 11pm on Friday 31 May 2019, or anyone with dashcam footage from Jonson or Tennyson streets to come forward.

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  1. From the CCTV @ Cheeky Monkeys, it looks as though Théo turned left south along Jonson St then left along Carlyle St.
    Did he (in his annebriated state) get his sense of direction wrong? Did he confuse his bearings then turn left again further along Carlyle on Keesing Lane or maybe even Massinger St thinking that he was heading west along Shirley St toward Belongil?
    Why would he end up around the cape area or Tallow’s Beach (according to his phone)?
    Taxis really are a blessing in this situation.


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