A police sniffer-dog is seen as a search continues for missing backpacker Theo Hayez at Byron Bay.
A police sniffer-dog is seen as a search continues for missing backpacker Theo Hayez at Byron Bay.

Sniffer dogs, drones called in for Byron backpacker search

Drones and sniffer dogs will be used by police today as they up the ante to search for missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez.

The search for the missing 18-year old will resume mid-morning.

Police rescue officers will be searching cliff tops around Byron Bay with help of the Brunswick Valley Volunteer Rescue Association.

Theo Hayez.
Theo Hayez.

'I feel worried about him... it's the worst thing'

Mr Hayez was last seen leaving Cheeky Monkey's on Jonson Street at Byron Bay about 11pm on May 31.

He never returned to Wake Up! hostel, where he had been staying.

The teenager's father Laurent Hayez flew to Australia last week and has spent the weekend searching for his son.

He appealed for assistance from the public at Tweed Heads Police Station on Monday, facing a room packed with members of the media.

Laurent Hayez, father of missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez is joined by JP Hayez, Godfather, Lisa Hayez, cousin, during a public appeal for information regarding his son's disappearance. (AAP Image/Regi Varghese)
Laurent Hayez, father of missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez is joined by JP Hayez, Godfather, Lisa Hayez, cousin, during a public appeal for information regarding his son's disappearance. (AAP Image/Regi Varghese)

Search for missing backpacker moves to beach

Mr Hayez had been holidaying in Australia since November, accompanied by his cousin, who has been heavily involved in the search.

He is described as being of caucasian appearance, about 180cm to 190cm tall, with a thin build and blonde hair.

He was last seen dressed in a black hooded jumper, beige pants and black shoes.

SES volunteers search for missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez around Watergos beach, Byron Bay. AAP Image/Regi Varghese
SES volunteers search for missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez around Watergos beach, Byron Bay. AAP Image/Regi Varghese

Mr Hayez belongings, including his phone, bank cards and passport, have not been used since May 31.

Police are continuing to appeal for public assistance, to anyone who may have CCTV from surrounding areas from about 11pm on Friday 31 May 2019, or anyone with dashcam footage from Jonson or Tennyson streets to come forward.

Know more? Phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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