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October 17, 2021

‘Bless you all’ – Théo’s family issue emotional statement to Byron community

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The family of missing teenager Theo Hayez have issued a heartfelt statement of thanks to the Byron community after arriving back in Belgium.

As the community search continues, Theo’s parents and younger brother released an emotional statement to Echonetdaily.

‘Dear residents of Byron Bay, dear Australian brothers and sisters! After a long flight of 26 hours, we are now reunited with our country, our friends and our family.

This afternoon, we especially had the great happiness of being reunited with Lucas, Theo’s little brother!!!

Through this message, Theo’s Mummy and I would like to once again (and TOO MUCH WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH !!!), thank you for the warm welcome, love and attention you have been giving us since the 6th of June 2019!

We would also like to thank VERY warmly: ALL the brave Byron volunteers and those who came from other Australian cities to help with the ground search! ALL the wonderful people who have lent us their home! ALL the wonderful people who participated in the MEAL TRAIN, offering us delicious lunches at noon and revitalizing hot meals in the evening! ALL the BYRON merchants for their tremendous generosity and support! ALL the homeless people and members of the Aboriginal community that I had the opportunity to meet during a breakfast! The local newspaper ECHO for its professionalism! ALL the people that helped one way or another and that we will have unfortunately forgotten to mention.

We are now going to spend a lot of time with Lucas because he needs us as much as we need him!!!

I will be back in August, once I have got some strength back, to continue looking for Theo and try to find the answers to the many questions that we, and the effective Australian and Byron Police, ask ourselves again and again!!!! BLESS YOU ALL!!!!!


The community search for Theo continues. Go to the ‘Looking for Theo Hayez’ Facebook page for information about the next search.

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  1. We are all trying to stay strong like all of you,
    We know it’s hard yet we are staying strong for Theo
    There are many of us doing little and some big things that help, it all adds up to a bigger outcome together…we all want to find Theo, strength and hope for us all.


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