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Father of missing Belgium teen Theo Hayez releases video of son as search continues

Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez, 18, has been missing since May 31. Source: Facebook

Father of missing Belgium teen Theo Hayez releases video of son as search continues four months after his disappearance from coastal New South Wales town Byron Bay.

The father of missing Belgian tourist Theo Hayez has released a new video on social media, as the search for his son continues.

In the clip, the 18-year-old is seen standing at an airport luggage carousel, when his cousin Lisa says in French, ‘look who I found’ before the pair begin to laugh.

The video comes just four months after the Belgian backpacker vanished from the coastal New South Wales town Byron Bay.

In the post uploaded to the Facebook page ‘Looking for Theo Hayez’ the boy’s father, Laurent, said ‘Théo is not just an image on a missing poster’.

The father of missing Belgium tourist Theo Hayez has released a new video on social media, as the search for his son continues.
The father of missing Belgium tourist Theo Hayez has released a new video on social media, as the search for his son continues.
Facebook/Looking for Theo Hayez

“He is a son, a brother, a cousin and friend.  He is a beautiful young man in the prime of his life who has disappeared without a trace,” the post continues.

“We believe someone knows something and we are asking for anyone with any information to please come forward.”

Volunteers are continuing to search for missing Theo Hayez alongside specialist police.
Volunteers are continuing to search for missing Theo Hayez alongside specialist police.
AAP

Well-wishers flooded the post to show their support for the Hayez family some commenting ‘such a lovely young man, hope you get some answers soon.’

Mr Hayez this week flew back to Byron Bay to resume the search for his son.

The teenager planned to travel around Australia for eight months with his cousin, but disappeared in May without a trace.

He was last seen on CCTV walking through the seaside town after leaving the Cheeky Monkey’s Bar at about 11pm on May 31.

Laurent Hayez flew back to Byron Bay to resume the search for his son this week.
Laurent Hayez flew back to Byron Bay to resume the search for his son this week.
Facebook/Looking for Theo Hayez

The last "ping" from Theo's phone was recorded on June 1 in the area around the Cape Byron Lighthouse.

Searches have failed to locate his clothing or phone, which volunteers feel could be key to learning his fate.

The formal police search was suspended July 3, but volunteers have continued to look for the teen.

In July, a group found a dark-coloured hat similar to the one he’d been wearing in the CCTV vision, which has since been sent for DNA testing.

In late August, a volunteer team from Search Dogs Sydney also searched bushland around the lighthouse and other possible areas the Belgium teen may have travelled.

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