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UPDATE: 12:05pm Monday, June 10, 2019

The search for missing man Theo Hayez is continuing today in and around Byron Bay after a land, sea and air operation which started yesterday, failed to find the missing Belgian backpacker.

Police have renewed their appeal for public assistance to help locate the man missing from Byron Bay.

Theo Hayez, an 18-year-old man from Belgium, was last seen about 11pm on Friday 31 May 2019 at a hotel on Jonson Street.

Police were alerted on Thursday 6 June when he failed to return to his hostel and could not be contacted or located.

Serious concerns are held for his welfare as his passport and personal belongings were all located at the hostel.

It does not appear that Mr Hayez has made any financial transactions since his disappearance or utilised his mobile phone.

Chief Inspector Matthew Kehoe from Tweed/Byron Police District is leading the search and said assistance from the community is sought.

‘We believe that someone must have seen Theo after he left the licensed premises.

‘I am appealing for anyone that has information or dashcam footage from Jonson or Tennyson streets around 11pm on Friday 31 May 2019, to come forward,’ he said.

‘We have a large amount of resources searching again today in bushland that is towards the east and northeast of the town.

‘Although Theo has only been in Australia for a short time we are advised that this disappearance is completely out of character for him.

‘Any information or sightings of Theo would greatly assist investigators,’ said Chief Inspector Kehoe.

Theo 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 police.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.


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