More than a month after they promised their son to bring his missing brother home, Theo Hayez's parents were forced to return to Belgium empty-handed.
Laurent Hayez and Viciane Delforged arrived in Australia in June to participate in the search for the 18-year-old backpacker, who disappeared from Byron Bay on 31 May.
But despite weeks of extensive land, air and sea investigations, the police failed to find leads that closed the operation earlier this month.
The desperate parents had vowed to continue the search with the help of local volunteers, but decided to return home this week to be with Theo & # 39; s little brother.
Hayez made an emotional statement on Wednesday saying that they are now spending their time with their youngest son who & # 39; needs us as much as we need him & # 39 ;.
After weeks of fruitless searching, the parents of missing backpacker Theo Hayez (center) have made the decision to return home to Belgium to be with their youngest son Lucas (right)
Mr. Hayez (pictured with his friend and Theo's cousin) had tears on the front cameras showing that he promised Lucas he would take his brother home
& # 39; After a long 26-hour flight, we are now reunited with our country, our friends, and our family & # 39 ;, he said in a statement to Echo Net Daily.
& # 39; This afternoon we were particularly lucky to be reunited with Lucas, the little brother of Theo.
& # 39; Through this message, Theo & # 39; s Mummy and I again (and TOO MUCH WILL BE ENOUGH!), Thank you for the warm welcome, love and attention you have given us since June 6, 2019.
& # 39; We're going to spend a lot of time with Lucas now, because he needs us as much as we need him. & # 39;
After he arrived in Australia, Hayez carried tears to cameras while making a heartbreaking plea to the public not to give up in the search for his son.
& # 39; I promised Theo's little brother, Lucas, that I would take his brother home, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; Please help me keep my promise to him. & # 39;
Although he is back in his native country, Hayez reveals his quest to discover that Theo is not yet ready and that he will return to Australia next month.
Theo (pictured with younger brother Lucas, on the right) has not been seen since 31 May
On Tuesday, Lucas shared a genuine photo about the name of his brother written in the sand with stones on Facebook
Theo Hayez was last seen when he left the Cheeky Monkey bar in Byron Bay on May 31 at 11 p.m.
Police combed through dense bushland in Byron Bay and near the lighthouse, but confess that there is a lot of land that they have still not been able to cover
& # 39; I'll be back in August, when I have some strength again, to keep looking for Theo and find the answers to the many questions we, and the effective Australian and Byron police, keep asking ourselves! BLESS EVERYTHING! & # 39;
HAYEZ FAMILY STATEMENT FULLY:
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 were especially lucky to be reunited with Lucas, the little brother of Theo !!!
Through this message, Theo & # 39; s Mummy and I want to be once again (and TOO MUCH NEVER ENOUGH !!!), thanks for the warm welcome, the love and attention you have given us since June 6, 2019!
We also want to thank you VERY warmly: ALL brave Byron volunteers and those who came from other Australian cities to help find the land! ALL fantastic people who have lent us their house! ALL the great people who participated in the MEAL TRAIN, which offers us & # 39; delicious lunch dishes and & # 39; warm meals warm up in the evening! ALL BYRON dealers for their enormous generosity and support! ALL the homeless and members of the Aboriginal community that I could meet during a breakfast! The local newspaper ECHO for its professionalism! ALL people who have helped in one way or another and whom we 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'll be back in August, when I get some strength back, to keep looking for Theo and find the answers to the many questions that we, and the effective Australian and Byron police, keep asking ourselves !!!! BLESS EVERYTHING !!!!!
LUCAS, VINCIANE, LAURENT
The father also thanked community members for opening their homes for them, providing meals, and all volunteers who participated in the debilitating search.
After weeks of fruitless searches, the police discovered a potential breakthrough in the case after a local volunteer discovered a hat similar to the one theo wore.
A black Puma hat was discovered in the bushland about 200 meters from the beach, in Cape Byron, ten days ago during a search, held by local volunteers, The Daily Telegraph reported.
It has since been brought to the NSW Police and will undergo a forensic investigation to determine whether it is relevant to the investigation, police said.
Theo, who stayed in WakeUp! Hostel, was last seen when she left the Cheeky Monkey bar in Byron Bay on May 31 around 11 p.m.
A few hours later his phone gave its last signal near cliffs of the Cape Byron lighthouse.
The teenager had to check out of his room on 3 June, but the hostel staff did not report him missing until 6 June.
Local volunteers gathered in Tallow Beach three days after the police announced they were giving up their search to hunt for the Hayez.
They roamed the forest for hours before they came across the hat at a large homeless camp.
A photo of the hat was then sent to Theo's cousin, Lisa Hayez, who believed he was his.
An NSW police spokesperson said the Daily Mail Australia investigations are still ongoing.
After his disappearance, officers from the Tweed / Byron Police District and various NSW Police Force units had conducted extensive land, air and sea investigations near the Byron Bay lighthouse area.
Three officers from the Belgian Federal Police were also flown in to support the ongoing investigation.
Laurent Hayez and Vinciane Delforge told the local media that they believe their son is still alive and living in a commune on the north coast of NSW
CCTV recordings captured Theo's last moments before he disappeared. He is seen in what looks like a Puma hat
The authorities made a final bid to find him before he ended his search on July 3.
Theo's parents told Thursday that they believe their son is still alive and living in a congregation on the north coast of New South Wales.
Volunteers looking for the missing teenager came across a dark Puma hat in bushland (stock photo)
Hayez and Mrs. Delforge hope that there is a less sinister explanation for the disappearance of their son.
& # 39; As long as there is no body, we continue to hope & # 39 ;, they said.
& # 39; There is a history of bad communities in the neighborhood, there are people who live in communities. Theo could have registered one.
& # 39; He could have been kidnapped, drugged.
& # 39; He may be a prisoner somewhere where there is no electricity. That is our hope. Let him be a prisoner and let him be delivered to us. & # 39;
A bush camp was in the same area where Theo's cell phone pinged on a communications tower & # 39; & # 39; – only a few hours after he was last seen.
Laurent Hayez, the father of the missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez, and niece Lisa Hayez speak with the media at a special event at the Byron Bay Golf Club to thank all volunteers who help with the continuous search
Vinciane Delforge (left) mother of the missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez, is comforted by counseling and spiritual healer
Local people have refused to give up hope, even though the police have canceled the official search
Severine Marcotty, friend of Theo Hayez, made a plea through social media for help finding the missing Belgian backpacker
A Dutch newspaper reported that the locals came across the campsite while they were looking for Theo.
Although his family has never specified whether they believe he lives in that congregation, he admits that their theory is more in the region – and that Theo may be hidden in a region.
The probable indication in the investigation also comes a day later forensic psychologist Tim Watson-Munro suggested involving a serial killer in the disappearance of Theo and two other missing backpackers.
He said the police cannot rule out the possibility that Theo and a French tourist Erwan Ferrieux and his British friend Hugo Palmer, both 20, were the victims of murder.
& # 39; You cannot disguise the fact that you have three young men with very similar profiles who have disappeared or are dead from two coastal towns that are fairly close together in Australia's geography plan & # 39 ;, he told Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; You have three vulnerable, trusting backpackers and they have just disappeared without leaving a trace.
& # 39; I am not categorically saying the work of a serial killer, but it is really a coincidence. & # 39;
THE TIME OF THEO HAYEZ DISPOSAL
May 31, 7:45 PM: Theo Hayez and an unnamed friend were caught on a CCTV camera in a local bottle shop in Byron Bay.
May 31 11.00 am: The last confirmed observation of Hayez. He was seen when he left the Cheeky Monkey bar and seemed to be heading toward the WakeUp! Backpacker hostel where he stayed.
June 1 AM: The last confirmed WhatsApp message was sent from Theo's phone.
June 1, 1:42 PM: Theo's phone was pinged for the last time.
June the 6th: Theo was reported missing to the local police.
June 9: The police conducted a large land, sea and air investigation in the Byron Bay area with the help of rescue officers, the State Emergency Service, a rescue helicopter and rescuers.
June 10th: Locals and other backpackers joined in search of Theo.
10 June – 16 June: SES crews, the doghouse, lifeguards, local volunteers and police take place on the headlands of Byron Bay, east and north of the city, as well as on beaches and marshes.
June 16: Theo & # 39; s mother Vinciane Delforge, told a French broadcaster in Belgium that she hopes that her son is safe and healthy, but said that his disappearance is completely out of character.
June 17: Theo & # 39; s father Laurent Hayez travels to Byron Bay to help search for his son Theo. He begs an emotional plea and asks Australia to keep looking for his son and promises to stay in the country until he is found.
He says he hopes that WhatsApp will work with the police to decrypt the messages that Theo sent last. An achievement, he says, that could change the course of the search.
The police admit that they are still & # 39; stunned & # 39; are through the case and keep all research questions open.
Homicide detectives participate in the search for Theo.
3 July: NSW Police announces that the full-scale search for the teenager has been canceled, but investigations are still ongoing.
July 12: Theo & # 39; s heartbroken father flies home.
July 17: Top forensic psychologist Tim Watson-Munro says Theo could have been the victim of an unknown serial killer, along with two 20-year-old backpackers who were missing on the NSW north coast months earlier.
July 18: Theo & # 39; s parents reveal that they believe he is still alive and hope he is in a congregation.
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