Theo Hayez was last seen leaving the Cheeky Monkey’s Bar in Byron Bay on the mid-north coast of New South Wales on May 31 last year
Researchers are secretly combing over an area of bushland that they believe could solve the missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez’s disappearance.
The 18-year-old was last seen leaving the Cheeky Monkey’s Bar in Byron Bay on the mid-north coast of New South Wales on May 31 last year.
Detectives have conducted searches around the Cape Byron lighthouse in a last-ditch attempt to locate the backpacker’s property The Australian.
Efforts focused on the search for Mr Hayez’s cell phone where the signal was last detected on June 1.
Detectives, meanwhile, are asking Mr. Hayez’s family to remain silent about the results of DNA testing on a hat found in bushland near Tallows Beach.
The cap – discovered by a member of the public – matched the hat Mr. Hayez wore the night he disappeared.
Detectives have secretly conducted new searches around the Cape Byron lighthouse (pictured) in a final attempt to track down the belongings of missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez
Theo Hayez (photo with his girlfriend) went missing on May 31 after leaving Cheeky Monkey’s bar in Byron Bay in northern NSW
Police suspect that Mr. Hayez may have fallen while trying to climb the cliffs at Tallows Beach.
His family says they have not given up hope of finding the missing backpacker a year after his disappearance.
“Since the beginning of this year, we have spoken less publicly about developments,” the report says.
“Far from giving up hope or dedication, the main reason is that due to the ongoing police process, we have to be careful what we say.
“We think about Theo every minute and would like to share any information that can help find out what happened to him – but we have to be careful that we also give the police the best chance to find out.
“It breaks our hearts every day and we hope they will have some clarity for us soon. The police investigation is ongoing and we are grateful for that, but we have been asked not to provide details.
“There have been new searches and the police have provided us with the results of the DNA tests done on the two hairs in the cap.”
The hat was found by a member of the public in the same area where the last ping of Theo’s phone was recorded around the Cape Byron lighthouse on June 1.
A gray Puma cap was found in bushland near Tallows Beach, with Theo’s family confirming the missing backpacker’s cap
A search group treks through the Tyagarah Nature Reserve in search of Theo in June 2019
Data from Theo’s phone followed this route as his last known movements before disappearing on the night of May 31, 2019
Theo’s family is sure that the hat is his.
The family urged anyone with information about the backpacker’s disappearance to contact them and the police.
They have maintained that Theo was not alone on the night he disappeared and everyone should come forward with new information.
Theo’s family has not given up hope to find him and has launched a new website to broaden their voice to a more international audience
A new website has been launched to help the family expand their voice and reach a wider international audience to find any clues to track down Theo.
“It’s going to be a year soon (since his disappearance) and it’s still important to keep talking about Theo,” the post continues.
“We still believe that someone out there can help us find out what really happened by providing us with some information about that night.”
Parents Laurent Hayez and Vinciane Delforge believe that he was not alone on the night of his disappearance
Theo was traveling in Australia during a gap year after finishing school in Belgium.
The police began a search by land, sea and air when they were seen by the staff of the Wake Up! Were warned of his disappearance. Hostel in Byron Bay on June 6.
The hostel staff raised the alarm after leaving his belongings, including his passport, untouched.
Theo’s father, Laurent Hayez, flew into Australia that month and made an emotional public appeal to help find his son.
“I promised Theo’s little brother that I would take his brother home. Please help me keep my promise to him, “he told reporters with tears at Tweed Heads police station.
Theo’s disappearance made headlines around the world and several volunteer groups formed to look for him.
The case was referred to the New South Wales coroner.