Hotel owner questioned about missing Aussie backpacker

There’s a fresh lead in the hunt for missing Australian traveller Rye Hunt.

The 25-year-old backpacker from Tasmania has disappeared in Brazil, with his family launching a massive campaign to help find their son.

It’s been revealed, Rye booked into an apartment in Copacabana, one hour after leaving Galeao International Airport about 2.30pm on May 21.


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He had been travelling with his friend Mitchell Sheppard, but the pair apparently agreed to go their separate ways for a bit, after an argument – believed to be the first of their seven-week trip.

His family released a statement on Tuesday, confirming the latest development.

“At approximately 6.20pm Rye left the apartment leaving a number of personal items in the room including a laptop, travel bags, a camera and a number of other items,” the statement reads.

They say his bank card was used a few minutes later.

It also confirms the owner of the apartment “has been questioned by police”.

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