The saddest flight home: father of missing teenage backpacker Theo Hayez returns to Belgium after aborted search – but vows & # 39; this is not the end & # 39;
- Theo Hayez disappeared in Byron Bay after leaving a bar on May 31 at 11 p.m.
- He was last seen on CCTV and walked through the popular coastal town of NSW
- Laurent Hayez flew to Byron Bay from Brussels to participate in the desperate search
- Hayez has decided to go home with his youngest son after six weeks
The shattered father of a Belgian backpacker missing in Byron Bay leaves Australia without his son.
Laurent Hayez flew to the resort from Brussels after his 18-year-old boy Theo disappeared without a trace on 31 May.
After six weeks of desperate and fruitless searching, Mr. Hayez has decided to go home to be with his youngest son.
Laurent Hayez (left) flew to the holiday resort from Brussels after his 18-year-old boy Theo (right) disappeared without a trace on 31 May
& # 39; It is important that we go home and see family and spend time with Theo & # 39; s little brother Lucas, & # 39; he said Echonet daily.
Hayez said he will be back next month to look for his son.
& # 39; This is not the end. I will be back in early August and will continue to search for Theo, & he said.
The backpacker was last on CCTV and walked through the popular coastal town of NSW after he left the bar of the Cheeky Monkey around 11 p.m. on 31 May.
After almost a month of searching, NSW Police announced on July 3 that it had suspended its extensive operation on land, in the air and at sea.
However, the investigation into what happened to Theo is ongoing, the police said.
After six weeks of desperate and fruitless searching, Mr. Hayez (pictured with his friend and Theo's cousin) decided to go home to be with his family.
State Emergency Service (SES) – volunteers search for missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez around the Cape Byron lighthouse
& # 39; We have met Theo's family and are sending our thoughts to them all, both here in Australia and beyond, & # 39; Tweed / Byron police commander, chief inspector Dave Roptell said in a statement.
In a post to the Byron Bay community, Detective Chief Inspector Matt Kehoe explained the news that the search & # 39; with great sorrow & # 39; had come to an end.
& # 39; This was not an easy decision, but was made in communication with experts and, more importantly, with Theo & # 39; s family & # 39; s, he wrote.
& # 39; It was very emotional for Theo & # 39; s family members and those involved in this operation and it will undoubtedly take an emotional toll in our community. & # 39;
The police have been looking for Theo since they were warned of his disappearance by the Wake Up staff! Hostel in Byron Bay on June 6.
The hostel staff brought the alarm six days after Theo did not return. His possessions – including his passport – remained intact.
Officers from the local police district, as well as the murder department, SES volunteers, NSW Surf Lifesaving and the Byron Bay community have searched the area for traces of him.
Dog, foot and air tests have not found his clothes or telephone, which, according to the volunteers, can be crucial to learn his destiny.
At the end of June, seekers were accompanied by officers from the Belgian Federal Police, who support the investigation as an observer.
The last & # 39; ping & # 39; of Theo & # 39; s phone was recorded on June 1 in the area around the Cape Byron lighthouse.
The final days of the search focused on this area, with abseiling crews descending the cliffs around the lighthouse looking for clues.
New South Wales Police looking for missing backpacker Theo Hayez on June 20
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