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Theo Hayez’s family first acknowledges that Theo may have died in Byron Bay

The family of missing backpacker Theo Hayez has publicly acknowledged that he could have died for the first time.

The Belgian backpacker disappeared on May 31 last year after leaving Cheeky Monkey’s in Byron Bay, northern New South Wales. He has not been seen or heard since.

The family launched a website Looking4theo.com hoping to get information about his disappearance.

In a heartbreaking development, they have now told their supporters that if Theo is indeed dead, they are happy that he spent his last months in Australia.

“But if Théo has left this poor earth, and is currently having fun with whales, turtles and dolphins …; Vinciane, Lucas and I look with relief at the beautiful smile of Théo in the photos of his Australian adventure and are relieved that he spent the past 6 months (of his short life …) in a beautiful country, where he has wonderful people ! ” They wrote.

The family of missing backpacker Theo Hayez has publicly acknowledged that he could have died for the first time (photo Theo with his girlfriend)

The family of missing backpacker Theo Hayez has publicly acknowledged that he could have died for the first time (photo Theo with his girlfriend)

Theo's family fought tirelessly to find out what happened after he went missing in Byron Bay last year

Theo's family fought tirelessly to find out what happened after he went missing in Byron Bay last year

Theo’s family fought tirelessly to find out what happened after he went missing in Byron Bay last year

Theo's godfather Jean-Philippe Pector (left) said the feeling of not knowing what happened to him is exhausting

Theo's godfather Jean-Philippe Pector (left) said the feeling of not knowing what happened to him is exhausting

Theo’s godfather Jean-Philippe Pector (left) said the feeling of not knowing what happened to him is exhausting

Thank you to the people in Belgium, Australia and elsewhere for the attention and love you give to Theo!

“You’re not mistaken! He deserves it!’

Theo’s godfather Jean-Philippe Pector says he is still overwhelmed with grief as the one-year anniversary of Theo’s disappearance looms.

“In my mind, I don’t want to believe it happened somewhere – I don’t know if it’s a way to protect myself,” he said. ABC.

“When I wake up at night, my brain stops working on what to do, or is there more to do? ‘

He insists that the search for Theo does not end until “we think we have nothing left to do.”

It comes as Theo’s cousin Lisa, revealed that she “did the job of the police” in their quest to find him in Byron Bay.

Police began a search by land, sea and air when they were shown by the staff of the Wake Up! Were warned of his disappearance. Hostel in Byron Bay on June 6.

As thousands of volunteers descended to Byron Bay hoping to find Theo, Lisa and her brother went to Theo’s Google and Facebook accounts.

“The police had many restrictions, so they couldn’t just get into his Google account because they had to ask for permission,” she said Triple J’s Hack.

“So I tried to do it with my brother, we just tried to find his passwords and asked his parents to come in.

“We eventually found his Google and Facebook password and that helped a lot.”

Residents of Byron Bay search dense woodland for missing backpacker Theo Hayez

Residents of Byron Bay search dense woodland for missing backpacker Theo Hayez

Residents of Byron Bay search dense woodland for missing backpacker Theo Hayez

Theo (photo with his girlfriend) was traveling in Australia during a gap year after finishing school in Belgium

Theo (photo with his girlfriend) was traveling in Australia during a gap year after finishing school in Belgium

Theo (photo with his girlfriend) was traveling in Australia during a gap year after finishing school in Belgium

Lisa first knew something was wrong when Theo’s mother texted her that she hadn’t heard from her son in a few days.

“His mom texted me that she hadn’t heard from him for a few days, but then I tried to call him and his phone was turned off and then I started to worry and called the hostel and they said he already hadn’t come back for a while. ‘

While the Theo family continues to search and watch, Mr. Pector described the experience of not knowing what happened to him as “extremely exhausting.”

“(It is) extremely exhausting, not knowing what happened and not being able to fully understand the conditions that make our brains work day and night,” he said.

Lisa repeated his feelings, saying it was “really disturbing” when the police stopped their search.

Police officers look for Theo in the bushland at Tallows Beach in Byron Bay

Police officers look for Theo in the bushland at Tallows Beach in Byron Bay

Police officers look for Theo in the bushland at Tallows Beach in Byron Bay

Theo’s family released a statement Monday night begging everyone to bring up information.

“A year later, we think Théo’s story is much more than it came to light,” the statement said.

Theo’s family and friends, those who live in Byron Bay and anyone concerned about the safety of young travelers, want the full story of that night to be understood.

“We know that many people are struggling right now and we are so thankful for all the different ways people continue to show their support and love.”

Theo’s parents, Vinciane Delforge and Laurent Hayez, released their own statement on Monday saying they “really missed their son.”

“We have high hopes for the work of the New South Wales Coroner and his team of dedicated lawyers, and we continue to believe that someone has information that can provide new evidence,” they said.

“We’re begging potential witnesses to come forward.

‘The support we get online counts a lot. We know that we are not alone and any message, drawing or photo with Theo’s name comforts us and allows us to survive this ordeal. ‘

A gray Puma cap was found in bushland near Tallows Beach, with Theo's family confirming the missing backpacker's cap

A gray Puma cap was found in bushland near Tallows Beach, with Theo's family confirming the missing backpacker's cap

A gray Puma cap was found in bushland near Tallows Beach, with Theo’s family confirming the missing backpacker’s cap

Data from Theo's phone followed this route as his last known movements before disappearing on the night of May 31, 2019

Data from Theo's phone followed this route as his last known movements before disappearing on the night of May 31, 2019

Data from Theo’s phone followed this route as his last known movements before disappearing on the night of May 31, 2019

The search for the 19-year-old has continued into 2020, with police conducting DNA tests on her found in Theo’s suspected gray cap, which was discovered in bushland near Tallows Beach.

Theo’s family thanked those involved in the search – and provided insight into the police investigation.

“Since the beginning of this year, we have spoken less publicly about developments,” the report reads.

“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.

Theo’s family is sure the hat is his, but DNA testing on the material was inconclusive.

They claimed that Theo was not alone on the night he disappeared.

Theo Hayez was last seen leaving Cheeky Monkey's in Byron Bay on May 31

Theo Hayez was last seen leaving Cheeky Monkey's in Byron Bay on May 31

Theo Hayez was last seen leaving Cheeky Monkey’s in Byron Bay on May 31

The guiding theory in Theo’s disappearance is that he fell while trying to climb cliffs near Tallows Beach and his body washed away.

Theo was traveling in Australia during a gap year after finishing school in Belgium.

Police began a search by land, sea and air when they were shown by the staff of the Wake Up! Were warned of his disappearance. Hostel in Byron Bay on June 6.

Thoe was last seen leaving the Cheeky Monkey Bar on May 31 in Byron Bay, northern New South Wales

Thoe was last seen leaving the Cheeky Monkey Bar on May 31 in Byron Bay, northern New South Wales

Thoe was last seen leaving the Cheeky Monkey Bar on May 31 in Byron Bay, northern New South Wales

The hostel staff sounds the alarm after his belongings, including his passport, are left 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 NSW medical examiner.

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