– With AAP.
1. Family of missing backpacker Theo Hayez are confident a hat found in bushland near Byron Bay belongs to him.
The family of Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez is confident a hat found in bushland in Byron Bay belongs to him.
Volunteers searching for Hayez discovered a distinctive grey Puma hat more than five weeks after he vanished on a night out on May 31.
Police are yet to release the results of DNA tests on the cap, but a Facebook post on the Looking for Theo Hayez Facebook page on Saturday confirmed the family strongly believed it was Theo’s.
“Over the past months, many of you have been wondering about the results of the DNA testing of the hat found in bushland off Tallows Beach on July 7th,” the post read.
“Although no DNA results have been released publicly and may not be for some time, the family is certain that it is Théo’s hat.
“The hat found was the exact same model and colour (grey, not black), shows the same wear and tear on the brim, and the position precisely matches one of his last known GPS locations.”
Police announced last month Hayez’s disappearance had been referred to the NSW coroner
His family celebrated his 19th birthday on September 29, without knowing what happened to him.
Theo has not been seen since May 31, when he left Byron Bay’s Cheeky Monkey’s nightclub. His phone last ‘pinged’ near Cape Byron Lighthouse on June 1.
He was reported missing on June 6 when he failed to check out of his hostel, leaving his belongings and passport still in his room.
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