Late on Monday afternoon, dozens of people gathered on the shore at The Pass in Byron Bay in a vigil to Belgian man, Théo Hayez, who vanished from the region two years ago.
Some lay flowers, some stood in a circle around a giant mandala carved into the sand for the occasion by a local artist. The intricate, abstract motif is a symbol used in various spiritual traditions as an instrument of meditation.
For those gathered, the vigil offered a moment to reflect on Théo's story, his heartbroken loved ones overseas, and the ongoing search for answers.
In a Facebook post from Belgium, Théo's father, Laurent Hayez, expressed his admiration for the community that had rallied around his family from afar.
"Once again, the support and compassion remain so strong," he wrote, sharing the above footage of the mandala.
"Today, two years after [Théo's disappearance], a heartfelt demonstration of love on the Byron beach. Lots of love to you beautiful souls."
The night Théo Hayez vanished.
Théo Hayez packed a lot into his post-school trip to Australia.
Since arriving in November 2018, the 18-year-old stayed with his godfather in Victoria's Otways, worked at the Australian Open with his cousin, travelled to Tasmania, road-tripped from Alice Springs to Darwin and Kakadu, and sailed and surfed his way down the Queensland coast.
Byron Bay, on NSW's far north coast, is the last known stop on his adventure.
On May 29, 2019, Théo checked into the Wake Up! Hostel at Belongil Beach, just outside the bustle of the popular holiday town's centre.
Two days later, at around 11pm, he was seen leaving the Cheeky Monkeys bar in downtown Johnson Street, wearing a black hoodie, beige pants, black shoes and a grey baseball cap. According to police, staff at the venue had asked him to leave because "he was approaching intoxication".
Mobile phone records suggest that Théo then looked up his hostel on Google Maps. But instead of heading northwest, he wandered east through suburban streets and along dark bushland tracks towards Cape Byron.
Google Timeline tracking ended there, near Cosy Corner at the northern end of Tallow Beach, shortly after midnight, and the last signal from his phone was recorded in the same area at 1.42 pm the following day.
Click on the locations in the interactive map below to see Théo's last known movements.