The Belgian teenager Theo Hayez was last seen when he left the bar of the Cheeky Monkey on 31 May
The ruined family of a Belgian backpacker who disappeared more than two weeks ago still hopes that he will be safe.
Theo Hayez was last seen when he left the Cheeky Monkey bar in Byron Bay on May 31 at 11 p.m.
The 18-year-old was looking forward to going back home to start his university course by following maths and sciences and an eight-month journey through Australia.
Instead, he disappeared for only 24 hours in his Byron visit.
His mother, Vinciane Delforge, told a French broadcaster in Belgium that she hopes that her son is safe and well, but said that his disappearance is completely out of his character.
& # 39; We would like to believe that he met a girl and had an affair … and therefore there is no sign of life, & # 39; Delforge said.
The 18-year-old was looking forward to going back home to start his university course following maths and sciences and an eight-month journey through Australia
& # 39; But he just isn't, that's not his style. & # 39;
She said her son was a & # 39; meticulous planner & # 39; was who had thoroughly investigated his gap year to Australia in the months prior to leaving his hometown.
& # 39; He is a conscientious, organized, responsible, and observant boy & # 39 ;, she said.
Hayez booked his flights and accommodation well in advance, mapped his route through Australia and left little to chance.
His mother, Vinciane Delforge, told a French broadcaster in Belgium that she hopes that her son is safe and well, but said that his disappearance is completely out of character
Locals have joined SES and surf to lifesaver groups, police dogs, drones and officers from the Byron and Tweed stations to dig hectares of marsh, beach and bushland for the missing teenager.
Byron – known for its hippie, laid-back lifestyle and attraction of celebrities – is used to people floating around in and out of the area, but locals believe that this matter is different.
& # 39; This is completely different, this is completely different at the next level and I have never experienced this before & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; People always appear in Byron. & # 39;
Dozens of residents have offered to support Mr. Hayez's ruined family, who have received free food and shelter.
CCTV videos show that Mr. Hayez would run away from the Cheeky Monkey (photo) and check his phone just before midnight on May 31
The Byron landscape offers its own search challenges, with its dense, swampy bushland and waterways.
Beaches stretch for miles at a time and are often surrounded by long, swampy grass.
On images from CCTV, Mr Hayez is shown walking away from Cheeky Monkey & # 39; s and his phone checks just before midnight on May 31.
He seemed on his way to the Wake Up! hostel north of the city, where his passport and possessions were later found untouched.
The 18-year-old was traveling with his cousin Lisa Hayez, who said he never wanted to disappear.
& # 39; We are certainly 100% sure it was his goal to go back to the hostel to sleep & # 39 ;, Hayez said.
Mr. Hayez (left, & # 39; he disappeared at night, and right, with cousin) left his passport and belongings in his hostel
Mr. Hayez's godfather, Jean-Phillipe Pector (left with Mr. Hayez Lisa's cousin), said it was completely out of character for the 18-year-old not to make contact with his family and friends.
His godfather agreed and said that the teenager did not use drugs and would never have put himself in dangerous situations.
Byron Bay Command Superintendent Dave Roptell said the police & # 39; currently excludes nothing & # 39 ;, and has encouraged anyone with information to come forward.
& # 39; It is staggering on two points from a research point of view, because we don't know what happened – I feel for the family & # 39 ;, said Supt Roptell.
Hayez has not used his cell phone or has made any financial transactions since he was last seen, which is a & # 39; serious concern & # 39; for its well-being, said a spokeswoman for the NSW police.
A GoFundMe page set up to help Mr. Hayez's family come to Australia and help with the search effort, has raised more than $ 60,000.
The traveler seemed on the way to the Wake Up! hostel (photo) north of the city, where his passport and possessions were later found untouched
The police have previously released material in which Mr Hayez walked out of the nightclub of the Cheeky Monkey with a black hooded sweater, beige pants and black shoes.
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