& # 39; I will never give up & # 39 ;: Theo Hayez's father believes his missing son is LIVING – but admits that the fruitless months of search in Byron Bay & # 39; torture & # 39; used to be
- The Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez (18) was missing on 31 May in Byron Bay
- The teenager would go home a week later and has never been seen
- His father says he doesn't know where his son has been, & # 39; inhumane torture & # 39;
- The man thanked Australian volunteers for their help and said he was keeping him going
- Last weekend he told Belgian media that his son was still alive
The father of a Belgian teenager who disappeared during the last leg of his trip to Australia has revealed that he still believes his son is alive.
Theo Hayez (18) had been traveling through Australia with his cousin for months and would come home days before he disappeared.
The teenager has not been seen since he left Cheeky Monkeys backpacker bar at 11 p.m. on May 31, which led to a search of a few weeks by locals and police.
The Belgian police landed at the weekend and are expected to accompany the NSW police as observers in searches in the coming weeks around Byron Bay.
Theo & # 39; s father, Laurent Hayez, arrived to help with the search about two weeks ago, and told the media that he had promised his youngest son that he would take his brother home.
Theo Hayez disappeared after leaving backpacker bar Cheeky Monkeys in Byron Bay on 31 May
Theo Hayez & # 39; s father Laurent Hayez (photo left) and cousin Lisa Hayez (right) have been to Australia to help volunteers with the search. At the weekend, Hayez said he believed the teenager was alive
Mr Hayez said on Saturday RTL not knowing where his son was as & # 39; inhumane torture & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Every minute seems to last an hour … it's endless, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; We spend an hour where we get information that gives you hope, and five hours later this information is denied.
& # 39; I am taking a step forward and two steps back. It is inhumane torture. & # 39;
The ruined father said that he and Theo & # 39; s mother had considered every opportunity in the wake of the young man's disappearance: whether he had had an accident or had been killed, whether he just wanted to stay longer in Australia, or that he was in love. had become .
But as the search continues, Mr. Hayez remains convinced that his son is still alive. Without a trace he says there is no evidence that his son is injured or killed.
& # 39; I believe I will never give up, & # 39; he said.
The Belgian police are expected to arrive this week to help with the search for Theo, as volunteers travel to Brisbane to share a missing poster of the teenager
Hayez has spent weeks with Australian volunteers, most of whom have never met Theo, looking for his son. He says that this outpouring of stranger support has kept him going in some of his darkest moments.
& # 39; If they weren't there, I think I would cry in my chair, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; Otherwise I would not be able to do this – it is this incredible momentum of solidarity that carries and continues to give me hope. & # 39;
On Sunday, Theo & # 39; s cousin and traveling partner, Lisa Hayez, said she believed that the arrival of the Belgian police in Australia would ultimately help find the young man.
& # 39; It's going to help us, most people in the business, the better it is & # 39 ;, she said, focusing on media in Byron Bay.
& # 39; I know they are going to do it.
& # 39; If the Australian police and the Belgian police work together, it goes faster and so on. That is the point. & # 39;
Theo's family says they have no intention of leaving Australia before the young man is found.
Theo's family says they have no intention of leaving Australia before the young man is found
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