Disappearance of backpacker Théo Hayez referred to Coroner

The Police investigation into the disappearance of Belgian backpacker Théo Hayez has formally ended, with the matter now referred to the Coroner.

Théo hasn’t been seen since he left the Cheeky Monkey Bar in Byron Bay on Friday, May 31.

He wasn’t reported missing until June 6 when staff at the hostel he was staying in realised he hadn’t returned.


CCTV footage shows the 18-year-old walking through the streets of Byron while also visiting a bottle shop.

His mobile phone pinged near the lighthouse at Cape Byron, but there’s been no trace of him or any of his possessions.

Numerous searches have been conducted of the Byron Bay area without any luck.

A post on the Looking for Théo Hayez Facebook page stressed the decision to refer it to the Coroner was standard process and signified progress.

“It presents us with the opportunity for much-needed expertise, insight and a fresh perspective and we sincerely welcome the participation of the Coroner.

“Now, more than ever, we need to stay united as we embark on this new chapter – a step closer to finding Théo.”

It comes as dozens of people gathered on the beach on Sunday night for a candlelight vigil for the 18-year-old.