Murder investigation opened after disappearance of Belgian backpacker in Australia
Monday, 17 June 2019
Investigators have opened a murder investigation after a young Belgian backpacker went missing in Australia at the end of May. Credit: Facebook.
A murder investigation has been launched following the disappearance of Théo Hayez, a young Belgian student, in a coastal resort in Australia after his father flew into the country at the weekend.
Murder investigators have travelled to Byron Bay to assist in the investigation into Théo Hayez’s disappearance more than a fortnight ago.
Hayez, an 18-year-old student from Auderghem, was last seen on May 31 as he was leaving an establishment in Byron Bay, a popular destination for backpackers in Australia.
On Monday morning in Australia, the father of the missing Belgian backpacker gave a press conference, held in English, in which he called on anyone with information to reach out to local authorities.
Hayez’s father also requested access to his son’s WhatsApp account, saying it was of “vital” importance after the investigation showed that the missing student used the messaging app a few hours before he disappeared.
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